Coughlan rules out a return to the electoral hustings

Mary Coughlan FF
Former Tanaiste Mary Coughlan 

It's reported today that former Tanaiste Mary Coughlan will not contest the next General Election.

In today's Donegal Democrat, Ms Coughlan is quoted as saying that while she's honoured by the level of support for her to run within Fianna Fail locally, she does not believe that now is the time to re-enter public life.

The paper is speculating that former minister and MEP Pat the Cope Gallagher may enter the race, with many in Fianna Fail supporting a two candidate strategy, with Mr Gallagher joining sitting TD Charlie Mc Conalogue on the ticket.