Longford-Westmeath Labour TD reveals his daughters received personal abuse while canvassing for him

Labour TD Willie Penrose has admitted that his family suffered shocking personal abuse while canvassing for him in recent years.

The Longford-Westmeath representative is not running in the next General Election, with Alan Mangan running to retain the party seat in the constituency.

The long-serving TD announced last year that he was stepping back from politics after over 30 years in public life.

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He told the Joe Finnegan show this morning that one of his key reason for leaving was to avoid personal abuse aimed at his daughters who often canvassed for him: