Fitzpatrick and Markey set to announce election intentions next week

LOUTH boss Peter Fitzpatrick says he will make an announcement on Monday about whether or not he will stand in the next General Election as a candidate for Fine Gael.

LOUTH boss Peter Fitzpatrick says he will make an announcement on Monday about whether or not he will stand in the next General Election as a candidate for Fine Gael.

The Wee County boss, who led the county footballers to their first Leinster final in 50 years last season, was approached by the party to run for them alongside sitting TD Fergus O'Dowd before Christmas.

Speaking at the time, Fitzpatrick said going forward for a seat in Leinster House was "definitely something I'd like to do" but said he had to take into account his work commitments before allowing his name to go forward for nomination.

Weekend reports in one Sunday newspaper said that Fitzpatrick was expected to accept the invitation to stand as a candidate with the Sunday Times claiming that he had told Louth GAA officials of his interest in accepting the nomination.

However, speaking to The Dundalk Democrat on Tuesday, the Belfry Gardens man said he had not yet made his mind up and needed to consult his bosses at work before making any decision.

"I'm only back to work today (Tuesday) and I have to have a chat with my bosses," he said.

"I will be making an announcement next Monday though."

Another still to make his mind up about whether or not to stand for election is Mid-Louth based Louth County Councillor Colm Markey.

Asked about his intentions regarding the party nomination, the Togher man said: "I have been receiving very strong support from within the organisation in Louth.

"Obviously I would be interested in putting my name forward. I have a meeting lined up with key people in the party this week, and will be able to give you an answer then."