Clare GE 16: Johnny says no to spot on Fine Gael ticket

Mayor of Ennis, Cllr Johnny Flynn has declined an invitation to put his name forward on the Fine Gael ticket for the upcoming General Election.

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.


  1. […] The Irish Independent has noted that Fine Gael senator, Martin Conway, may be contemplating the prospect of contesting this election for Renua Ireland. Fine Gael senator, Martin Conway, according to a Clare People article, has argued that the party will struggle to hold their two seats in that constituency if he is not one of the Fine Gael candidates. According to the Clare Champion (29th June 2015), he has claimed it would be “political stupidity” not to select him, given that Fine Gael would be likely to face a number of strong West Clare-based candidates in the upcoming election. As well as Senator Conway and the two Dail deputies, Pat Breen and Joe Carey, Senator Tony Mulcahy has also expressed an interest in running for the party at the next general election. The Clare Champion (17th August 2015) noted that Mary Howard may also contest this selection convention, which is scheduled to take place in Ennis on 11th September 2015. The Clare Champion site later reported that Cllr. Howard would indeed be contesting this convention, along with Deputies Breen and Carey and Senators Mulcahy and Conway. Cllr. Joe Cooney has said that he would not challenge the two incumbent deputies at the convention, which was scheduled to take place in Treacy’s West County Hotel in Ennis on 11th September 2015, although he might be open to being added to the ticket after the convention has taken place, as reported in The Clare People (2nd September 2015). Local election candidate in 2014, Ger O’Halloran, had put his name forward to contest the selection convention, but then withdrew ahead of this taking place. Senator Tony Mulcahy withdrew at the convention, at which a directive to select two candidates was announced. After the directive to select two candidates was announced, Senator Martin Conway also withdrew, leaving the convention vote to be contested between Deputies Carey and Breen and Cllr. Howard. The convention vote resulted in the selection of Deputies Breen and Carey. As reported by the Clare Today website (7th October 2015), Fine Gael are seeking to add a third candidate in this constituency, but Cllrs. Johnny Flynn and Joe….) […]

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