Eamonn O’Boyle, chairman Dundalk Town Council, has made “no decision” as to whether or not he will contest next year’s local elections.
O’Boyle, who has been on the town council for nearly ten years, failed to get the Fine Gael nomination to run in the Dundalk-Carlingford area.
Young guns John McGahon and Martin Murnaghan got the nod at the local convention, with Colin Goss being added to the ticket by Fine Gael headquarters last week.
“I’ve made no decision,” O’Boyle replied when asked by The Democrat if he would contest the elections as an independent.
“A lot of things can happen in the six months between now and the election. I was willing to continue to serve, but I’ve made no decision.
“With the new boundary changes and reduced seats, it will be a very hard fought election. It’s not an easy task to get elected and I wish all the candidates success.”
Cllr O’Boyle added that there is no bitterness between himself and the party and that he respects the decision made by the party. Cllr O’Boyle was first elected to the Dundalk Town Council in 2004 and was re-elected in 2009. Over the ten years he made significant contributions to the council.