THE Fianna Fail faithful in Roscommon-South Leitrim have been left wondering who will be running for the party in the coming election after Minister of State Michael Finneran announced he would not be putting himself forward as a candidate.
The news came less than 24 hours after Roscommon councillor Rachel Doherty issued a statement putting her full support behind Minister Finneran and confirming that, in view of the fact he was the incumbent TD, she would not be seeking a nomination at the upcoming convention.
However last Thursday the news broke that Minister Finneran had, "after long consultation and deliberation with my family over the Christmas period... decided not to seek a nomination."
"As a Fianna Fil Public Representative for the past 32 years, I had the honour to represent the people of Roscommon at County Council level from 1979 to 2003. Elected to Seanad ireann in 1989. In 2002 elected to Dil Eireann to represent the constituency of Longford/Roscommon and re-elected to Dail ireann in 2007 to represent the constituency of Roscommon/South Leitrim," he told the Leitrim Observer in a one page statement.
"I have the honour to serve as Minister of State at the Department of Environment, Heritage & Local Government, with responsibility for Housing & Local Service. During my tenure, I can honestly say that it was always my objective to enrich and enhance the lives of my constituents and in this objective I believe I tried my best.
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