John McNulty says decision to withdraw was completely his own

johnendaJohn McNulty has claimed that the decision to withdraw from the Seanad by-election was completely his own and he wasnt pushed.

The Fine Gael candidate says he no longer wants people to vote for him - because his election would be a distraction for the government.

His withdrawal comes eight days after it was revealed that Mr McNulty had been appointed to the board of IMMA, just days before his Seanad nomination.

Speaking exclusively to Highland Radio News, John McNulty says it has been an extremely tough week: