Brennan pulls out of Fianna Fáil race

The forthcoming Fianna Fáil Selection Convention for the Roscommon-Galway constituency now looks set to be a head-to-head between Cllr. Eugene Murphy and Ballintubber’s Seán Óg Higgins.

  That’s after Roscommon town businessman Larry Brennan, a member of the party’s National Executive, became the latest candidate to withdraw from the race for a place on the General Election ticket.

  He made the announcement at a meeting of the executive of the Roscommon-Galway Comhairle Dáil Ceantair at the Abbey Hotel, Roscommon town, on Monday night.

  He said that his decision was due to the long delay in holding the convention: Roscommon-Galway is the only constituency in the country for which Fianna Fáil have not yet held one.

  Mr Brennan said: “I am conscious that, not being a councillor, I would need extra time to up my profile in areas where I wouldn’t be well-known.

  “And I don’t think the timeframe between the possible dates for convention and probable February election affords me sufficient time.

  “I have no interest in contesting the convention for the sake of it, or being a candidate for the sake of it.

  “I was interested in contesting the convention with a view to winning it and hopefully winning a seat, but I think that is beyond me now with the timeframe.”

  Initially, there were ten candidates in the convention race, but all except Cllr. Murphy and Mr Higgins, the chairman of the Roscommon branch of Ógra Fianna Fáil, have now withdrawn. 

  Fianna Fáil have still not confirmed the date for the convention.

  Asked why he thought there was a delay, Mr Brennan said: “Obviously, internal issues in the party within the constituency are a factor.” 

  Fianna Fáil are currently adjudicating over a dispute between south Roscommon-based councillors John Keogh and Paddy Kilduff.