Fine Gael’s candidate for the Seanad by-election has dramatically pulled out of the race.
John McNulty, who has been at the centre of a cronyism row for the past week, informed Taoiseach Enda Kenny that “under the circumstances” he is asking the TDs and senators not to vote for him.
It is too late to remove his name from the ballot paper for the October 10 vote as they have already been issued to members of the Oireachtas.
Statement from John McNulty
I have informed the Taoiseach that under the circumstances, I am withdrawing my name and asking the Members of the Oireachtas not to vote for me in the upcoming Seanad bye-election. I would like to thank the many members of the Oireachtas who already expressed their support for me.
I am taking this decision because I believe that to contest the election would be an ongoing distraction from the critical work of Government which is to secure Ireland’s recovery through job creation and increased investment. I believe the Government’s economic plan is working and the country is now moving in the right direction. This is what all members of Government should be focussed on at all times.
It was my hope, if elected, to support the Government’s work in this regard as a member of the Oireachtas and now it is my intention to seek a Party nomination to contest the next General Election.