Malone rules himself out of the running for council seat

FINE Gael will meet tonight (Tuesday) to decide on the successors to newly appointed Senators Jim D’Arcy and Terry Brennan on Louth County Council.

FINE Gael will meet tonight (Tuesday) to decide on the successors to newly appointed Senators Jim D’Arcy and Terry Brennan on Louth County Council.

However, one man who will not be putting his name forward for one of the two vacant positions is constituency chairman Paddy Malone.

The Blackrock man entered the last local elections in 2009 as a candidate in the Dundalk South area but said he would not be putting his name forward on this occasion as he wants to concentrate on his duties with Dundalk Chamber of Commerce, having recently been re-elected as president for another term at their annual general meeting

He said: “I was unanimously re-elected President of Dundalk Chamber of Commerce recently. This role demands considerable time commitment and with the retirement of Bill Tosh last week I believe the Chamber needs a period of stability.

“The Chamber has an important role in the economic development of the area and with recent bad economic news it is imperative that the Chamber’s voice is heard,” he said.

The two new candidates will be ratified onto the council during a special meeting on Wednesday evening.

In the running to replace Terry Brennan are his son David, Jimmy Cumiskey, Martin Monaghan, Michael Woods and town councillor Eamonn O’Boyle.