Fine Gael Senator Frank Feighan has announced he will not now seek a party nomination to contest the next General Election in the Roscommon-Galway constituency.
Senator Feighan said: “My home town of Boyle and my base of North Roscommon had moved into the new Sligo-Leitrim/South Donegal/North Roscommon constituency, however I had been asked to consider putting my name forward for selection to contest the Roscommon/Galway constituency even though I didn’t reside there.
“This was based on a number of factors, not least that I had been successful in two successive General Elections in the constituency of Roscommon/South Leitrim, as well as my extensive political experience as a Government politician who delivered for the region.
“I have also said previously that I would only consider putting my name forward for the Roscommon/Galway selection convention to assist the party in the absence of Fine Gael finding a suitable candidate.
“That position for me has now changed, given Senator Maura Hopkins has officially declared her intention to secure a party nomination. I wish Maura all the best in her endeavours.”