Sligo Sinn Fein Fein county councillor Thomas Healy has announced that he is not to seek a party nomination to stand as a candidate in the next General Election.
Sinn Fein hold their selection convention for the new Sligo-Leitrim constituency which also takes in parts of south Donegal and west Cavan in the Southern Hotel, Sligo, on Sunday (6pm).
Announcing his decision this afternoon (Thursday), Cllr Healy said: “I have been approached by Republicans from throughout the constituency who asked me to consider allowing my name to go forward for nomination at Sunday’s convention. I have given deep consideration to my options and have consulted widely before making any decision.
“At all times my focus has been on what is best for Sinn Fein and the new constituency as well as for my young family.
“I have been a County Councillor for less than a year, I am thoroughly enjoying my role as a public representative but feel that whoever represents Sinn Fein here would need the benefit of more extensive political experience.”
His decision leaves just two candidates for the nomination. They are former Sligo Borough Councillor Chris MacManus and Leitrim County Councilor Martin Kenny.