Fianna Fail man opts to go solo

by Gazette Reporter

Cllr David McGuinness has slammed the Fianna Fail party this week, following his shock departure from the party.
He now says he may run as an independent candidate for the Dublin West constituency in the 2016 General Election.
He has come to this decision after some “soul searching” following the party’s decision not to select him to contest the election on its behalf at a selection convention in March.
Cllr Jack Chambers was selected instead and Cllr McGuinness believes that the sole reason for this is that he is from a working class background.
Speaking to the Gazette in the wake of his resignation he said: “A lot of quite disparaging things have been said about me and my family [by people within the party], to people who are supporters of mine. I was warned that the people from Castleknock Village were always going to get a Castleknock candidate, and that has proved true to form.”
He went on to say that he doesn’t think that Fianna Fail has much of a chance in the General Election either on a national or a local level. He said that the party has no presence in Dublin West outside of Castleknock Village and on a national level the party lacks leadership
“I’ve spent the last couple of weeks working out where things are at and took stock from a lot of people around Dublin 15. The bottom line is I’m committed to politics and representing my community.
“If Fianna Fail don’t see my two runner-up performances in by-elections and support me in my endeavours then I’m just going to have to look further afield. I’ve just taken the decision to cut loose and go solo and I’m going to continue to work on behalf of the people of Dublin 15 independently.”
He went on to say that after discussing the possibility of running as an independent candidate in the 2016 General Election with a lot of people around Blanchardstown, Castleknock, Clonee and Mulhuddart he has been offered support.
“A lot of non-political people said they would canvass for me and would help distribute leaflets. A number of people said ‘look, we’ll help you put together a few bob and put together a campaign.’”
“I do think there is a significant support base for me across Dublin 15, the reaction to my announcement [of resignation] has been extremely positive, so I will do a lot of canvassing and knock on a lot of doors and ask people if there is room for me to represent them in the Dail. I’m going to do what I have always done, which is let the people of my community make up my mind for me.”

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