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18/09/2021

Hopkins withdraws as election candidate

Four former Garda Stations to be handed over to the community

Senator Maura Hopkins has withdrawn her name

Senator Maura Hopkins has announced she will not be going forward as a Fine Gael candidate for Roscommon-Galway in the next General Election.

In a statement to www.leitrimobserver.ie she said "Over the Christmas period, I have taken time to consider my position as a Fine Gael Candidate for Roscommon-Galway.  I am very aware of the huge demands and sacrifices involved in running an effective and successful campaign to win a Dail seat. 

"All indications suggest that a general election will take place over the next number of months. It had been my full intention to contest the election.  I have been working extremely hard with many people on many issues across the constituency.  I have always tried to do my best and I have invested a huge amount of time and effort in working hard to deliver for the people of this constituency. 

"However, my personal circumstances have changed in recent weeks.  As a new mother and as a female public representative based in a rural constituency, I have come to the conclusion that it would not be possible to balance the responsibilities and demands of my personal and professional life.  Therefore, I am withdrawing my name as a Fine Gael Candidate for Roscommon-Galway constituency.

"This has been an extremely difficult decision for me to make. I am very grateful for the incredible support I received from Fine Gael members who have campaigned with me over the past five and a half years.  I really appreciate the time, effort and energy given by so many members who have supported me in every way possible.  I am also very grateful for the support received from so many people right across this constituency over this period. 

"It has been a huge honour and privilege to serve as a councillor on Roscommon County Council from 2014 – 2016 and as a Senator from 2016 – to date. I hope to remain involved in Fine Gael politics.

"I wish Cllr Aisling Dolan the very best as she seeks to secure a Dail seat for Fine Gael," she concluded.

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