PAUL'S HAT WON'T BE IN FINE GAEL RING
As the Fine Gael party faithful prepare to make their way to The Firgrove Hotel, Mitchelstown for the selection convention for the Cork East constituency this Sunday, it has emerged that the name of Senator Paul Bradford will not be amongst the list of candidates.
Senator Bradford, who won’t be contesting the convention election, told The Avondhu, “This has been the hardest decision I have had to make but I am confident that I have done the right thing.”
Sen Bradford was first elected to the Senate in 1987, and to Dail Eireann in 1989. He has also been a member of Cork County Council from 1985 to 2003.
“While this has not been an easy decision for me, I feel that I am taking the right road for myself and for the party. I fought in six general elections but I think there is a demand out there for new blood. This is a very important election for Fine Gael and I feel it is important for a new person to go forward. I am confident that Fine Gael will win two seats in the constituency and I will continue to work for the party,” Mr Bradford said.
The candidates that have put their names forward include sitting TD, David Stanton, Cllr Tom Barry from Killavullen, Cllr Pa O’Driscoll, Mayor of Fermoy, Cllr Noel O’Connor and Cllr Michael Hegarty.
Registration begins at The Firgrove at 1.30pm on this Sunday, December 12 with the convention scheduled to get underway at 3pm.
Thursday 9th December 6:39pm