Fine Gael Deputy for Roscommon/South Leitrim, Frank Feighan, has confirmed that he will not be seeking a nomination to represent the party in the next election stating “This is a personal decision which is one I have not taken lightly but one I feel is taken in the best interest of my Party and my constituency.
“Since my re-election in Roscommon/South Leitrim more than four years ago I’m honoured to have played my part as a member of the Government which has restored our nation’s sovereignty,” he told the Leitrim Observer.
“Roscommon Hospital will always be associated with my name. And I’ll always take pride in the fact that not only is Roscommon Hospital safer, but has a long term future with a €20m investment plan taking place there. The introduction of the air ambulance and advanced para-medics has saved many dozens of lives.”
He said that he was proud to have been able to deliver on a number of issues including securing up to €20m in 2013 to resolve poor water quality locally; the successful conclusion of school projects in Ball in am ore and Cloonakilla along with the provision of new Primary Care Centres in Ballinamore and Boyle; the opening of the Ballaghaderreen Bypass and the fight for compensation for Arigna’s Miners.
Deputy Feighan said that he had also helped to deliver compensation to over 1,000 turf cutting families and noted: “I am particularly proud of the national tourist facility in Lough Key Forest Park which I pioneered at the commencement of my political career.
“Countless other projects right across Roscommon and Leitrim have also benefitted from my active Government representation,” he said adding “I have worked hard for constituents; I have always tried to be honourable and decent and I want to sincerely thank everyone who has supported me throughout my political career.”
Following the announcement An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, issued a statement describing Deputy Feighan as a “man of courage, integrity and loyalty”.
“I was sorry to learn of but fully accept Deputy Frank Feighan’s decision not to put his name forward to contest the next General Election for Fine Gael in the Roscommon/Galway Constituency,” said the Taoiseach.
“I want to sincerely thank him for his hard work and excellent service to the people of Roscommon/South Leitrim over the past 16 years, firstly as Councillor, as a Senator and then as a TD since 2007. Frank has worked tirelessly to help this Government deliver infrastructure projects and enhanced services to the people of Roscommon and Leitrim, including making Roscommon Hospital safer and relentlessly working to resolve the water crisis in his constituency.
“I also want to commend Frank for his work as Chair of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on the Implementation of the Good Friday Agreement and Co-Chair of the British Irish Parliamentary Assembly. The passion, energy and commitment he has brought to both of these roles have helped to foster greater British Irish relations, which will be evident for many years to come.
“On a personal level, I know Frank for his entire political career and he is a man of great courage, integrity and loyalty. I will continue to work closely with Frank over the coming months as he serves the people of Roscommon/South Leitrim and I wish him well for the future.”