LIMERICK City and County Councillor Richard O’Donoghue is to run as an independent candidate in the general election after announcing his resignation from the Fianna Fail party.
Cllr O’Donoghue, who is cathaoirleach of the Adare Rathkeale municipal district, announced his resignation in a letter to party headquarters this Monday.
In the letter, he outlined his reasons for leaving, claiming that he had been waiting since last May for a decision on his request to be added to the party’s ticket for the upcoming election.
He later confirmed to the Limerick Leader that he would be declaring himself as a candidate in the Co Limerick constituency.
Cllr O’Donoghue claimed that when he met with senior party officials last May to outline why he believed he should be a candidate for the party, he was told that a decision would be taken promptly.
However, when the party had failed to respond to his request by last week, the Ballingarry-based councillor said he was left with no choice but to resign.