Leitrim Fine Gael general election candidate Gerry Reynolds has announced that he is stepping away from politics.
In a statement to the Leitrim Observer this week, Mr Reynolds has said he has come to the conclusion that it wouldn’t be possible to continue to expand and protect his own business interests and serve the people of the constituency as a member of Dail Eireann,
He says he has advised Fine Gael and the Taoiseach personally of his decision to withdraw his nomination and step away from politics.
The former TD and Senator, whose father, grandfather and grandmother had all served as TD’s in the past, says the dynamic of full time politics has changed, particularly in the context of instant media.
Gerry Reynolds was first elected to the Seanad in 1987 and to the Dail in 1989, and was also a member of Leitrim County Council for several years.
He ran unsuccessfully in the 2016 general elections.
Sligo councillor Sinead Maguire is now the sole Fine Gael candidate in the area having been selected at convention with Mr Reynolds in July of last year.