McLoughlin says retirement announcement gives potential FG candidates chance to talk to convention delegates

Sligo/Leitrim TD Tony McLoughlin says he has announced his intention to retire from politics in time to allow potential Fine Gael candidates in the constituency to speak to delegates in advance of the party’s selection convention later this month.

Deputy McLoughlin has been a TD since 2011.

His decision not to seek reelection to the Dail brings to an end a career of almost 45 years in public life, most of it as a county and borough councillor, as well as serving as mayor of Sligo on four occasions.

Speaking to Ocean FM News, he says the announcement of the party’s forthcoming selection convention made this the opportune time to call it a day:

Meanwhile, Deputy McLoughlin, who’s 69, says he regards the passage of the Anti-Fracking Bill he championed as a major highlight of his career: