Cathaoirleach of Leitrim County Council, Director of Quinn Business Retention Company, owner of Newtowngore Engineering and well known musician, Cllr John McCartin was expected to be a very strong contender for a deputy seat in the next General Election.
McCartin’s location on the border of Cavan put him in the ideal position to pick up Leitrim and West Cavan votes. His father Joe McCartin was a former TD for Sligo and Leitrim and a European MEP.
John McCartin said it was with a “heavy heart” that he has made the decision not to contest the next election, based on his commitment to resolving issues surrounding the Quinn Group business.
He told the paper that “Responding to countless requests from my constituents, I became involved in seeking a solution” to the threat of job losses at the Quinn businesses after a receiver was appointed in 2011.
He said he “eventually headed up a local buy-out of all the Quinn construction industry supply businesses and Quinn Packaging. The buy-out has guaranteed the long term survival and return to profitability and growth of a €200m business which will be an anchor for economic stability in the region for generations to come.
“Initially it was my expectation that all the issues surrounding the appointment of the share receiver could be resolved before now. However, the enormity and complexity of the problem means that if I am to remain committed to working towards full resolution, I will be unable to put my name forward at the Fine Gael selection convention on the 18th of September.”
McCartin said he is proud of the achievements to date in consolidating the Quinn Group under local management and he looks forward to working towards complete resolution of all outstanding matters. He noted, “My duty and commitment for the next number of months would not be compatible with the duties of a Dail candidate or parliamentarian.”
Cllr McCartin said he is disappointed not to contest the election having spent the last 20 years in politics and thanked everyone for their support and encouragement.