Padraig Loughrey confirms family commitments prompted decision to quit politics

Former councillor Padraig Loughrey has revealed he wants general election candidate Joe Flaherty to fill his vacant Longford County Council seat.

The Fianna Fáil politician caused a major shock yesterday when he announced his immediate resignation as a local representative in the Longford Municipal District.

Mr Loughrey says that after eight and a half years as a councillor in Longford, his departure is due to family and work reasons.

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He has three pharmacies in Longford, where he employs 15 people, and has two young children.

Mr Loughrey says Fianna Fáil is likely to hold a selection convention to fill his vacant seat.

However, he has given his support to Joe Flaherty, who was recently selected as a Fianna Fáil’s candidate in Longford-Westmeath for the next general election.