Roscommon Fine Gael Senator Frank Feighan says he’s surprised and shocked at today’s announcement by Sligo Councillor Sinéad Maguire that she won’t be running in the next general election.
Councillor Maguire, who was selected with Gerry Reynolds at a convention in Sligo over a year ago, says she has decided that the job – if she got elected – would have too much of an impact on her young family.
The Sligo councillor is the second person nominated at the original selection convention to say they’re no longer interested in going forward for the party.
Former TD and Senator Gerry Reynolds, who was also selected last year, announced several weeks ago that he had decided not to run because he wouldn’t be able to serve the people and maintain his business interests.
Senator Frank Feighan, who was chosen by the party as a replacement candidate for Gerry Reynolds, says he’s sorry to hear of Sinéad Maguire’s decision but he can understand her concerns about the impact on her young family: