Coffey opting out of 2024 local elections

Gerry Coffey, who ran for Fine Gael in 2019, has announced that he will not be contesting next year’s local election, saying it has been a “difficult decision” that he has made with a “heavy heart”.

The well-known auctioneer says business commitments are taking up a lot of his time and accordingly he won’t be letting his name go forward to the upcoming Fine Gael Selection Convention for the Roscommon Municipal District.

In a press statement, he said he wishes to thank his

supporters – “both FG and non-party” – who have been encouraging him to run again. Coffey wasn’t elected in 2019 but amassed 1074 votes before being eliminated.

Mr. Coffey added that the size of the municipal area is very large – from Cloonfad to Ballyleague – and in 2024 the number of sitting councillors has been reduced, meaning there will be more pressure on elected representatives.

He paid tribute to former FG councillors in west Roscommon Michael McGreal and Michael Creighton, who he said “served the region with distinction over many years”.

Mr Coffey also thanked his “wonderful team” of supporters and canvassers who put their shoulder to the wheel at the last election. He thanked the Fine Gael organisation for supporting him. Gerry stated he has made many good friends over the years because of his involvement in politics.

The Granlahan-based auctioneer and farmer stated he owes a depth of gratitude to his family for their support in the last campaign.

Stating that he will always have a big interest in politics – both local and national – he wished all candidates well in the forthcoming elections.