Domnick Connolly returns to Fine Gael

Will contest election in Athlone area

Former county councillor Domnick Connolly, who left Fine Gael in 2011 following the downgrading of Roscommon Hospital, is returning to the party and will run as a Fine Gael candidate in the local elections this June.

Mr Connolly and sitting councillor John Naughten were selected at a Fine Gael convention for the Athlone Municipal District which was held in the Athlone Springs Hotel last Friday.

The Fuerty native resigned along with his then fellow Fine Gael councillor Laurence Fallon in protest over the controversial closure of the A&E Unit at Roscommon Hospital. Mr Connolly is now returning to the party whereas Cllr Fallon (see story alongside) has no such intentions and will continue as an Independent.

In a post on Facebook last Friday, Fine Gael Senator Aisling Dolan said: “Congratulations to Cllr John Naughten and previous councillor Domnick Connolly who are nominated this evening for Fine Gael”.

She continued: “Both candidates have a wealth of experience as councillors in Roscommon County Council. John has worked with so many community groups in Drum and Athlone to fight for funding. Domnick is very well known for his work with clubs and community groups in Athleague and all around”.