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Kenny declares his intentions


Former Taoiseach Enda Kenny has confirmed he will not be standing in the next General Election and that none of his family will be either.
He told delegates at a local Fine Gael meeting in Castlebar on Sunday night of the decision. It had been expected since he stepped down as Taoiseach last June but brings finality to matters.
It brings to an end 63 years of unbroken service as TDs for Mayo by the Kenny family. Enda’s father Henry was a TD from 1954 until his death in 1975. His son replaced him after winning a by-election in 1975.
There had been speculation the Taoiseach’s daughter Aoibheann might go forward to continue the family dynasty but the former Taoiseach confirmed on Sunday night that would not be the case.
Speculation will now turn towards who, if anyone, will fill the gap for Fine Gael in the county town. Senator Paddy Burke looks the most likely candidate but Fine Gael may yet decide to go with a three candidate strategy of Minister Michael Ring together with Senators John O’Mahony and Michelle Mulherin. Such a move would leave the county town without a Fine Gael candidate.

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