FINE Gael’s search for a third general election candidate in Clare continues after Ennis councillor Johnny Flynn became the latest party member to say no.
In a statement today, Cllr Flynn says the party sounded him out about a possible run but he declined the offer.
Cllr Flynn backs the candidacies of Deputies Pat Breen and Joe Carey and also calls for the return at the next election of one Labour TD for Clare.
“I was asked would I be interested in standing for Fine Gael in the general election,” Cllr Flynn states.
Cllr Flynn continues; “I was honoured to be asked but I feel I was realistic in declining as I genuinely believe what Ennis and Clare need is the existing two Fine Gael TDs and one Labour TD to be re-elected back in Government to continue the hard work of bringing the benefits of the economic stability to Clare.”
Cllr Flynn, who served as Mayor of Ennis between 2014 and 2015 and won 1100 first preference votes at the 2014 local election, has also not ruled out a future Dáíl run.
He states; “Ennis and Clare need a strong team of experienced Government TDs working together for the county in order for Clare in the next few years to go from economic stability to economic growth. The last thing Ennis and Clare need is a mix and match team of TDs with little effect in the opposition ranks. I will continue to work hard as an Ennis District County councillor for the next four years but should a similar opportunity arise beyond this coming election I won’t rule anything out.”
Cllr Flynn’s decision not to put his name forward came after another popular Fine Gael councillor ruled himself out.
Cllr Joe Cooney, who topped the 2014 Clare local election poll on 2,843 first preference votes, has also declined to put his name forward.
The decision by two of Clare’s biggest vote getters to spurn the party’s advances leaves Fine Gael still searching for a third candidate.
Sitting TDs Joe Carey and Pat Breen secured their place on the ticket after emerging victorious from Fine Gael’s selection convention last month.
The party’s choice for a third candidate now looks set to be between Senators Tony Mulcahy and Martin Conway and Ennis councillor, Mary Howard.