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Dundalk's John McGahon refuses to withdraw from general election ticket

Fine Gael has asked the councillor to stand down from general election ticket

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Dundalk's John McGahon refuses to withdraw from general election ticket

Dundalk's John McGahon refuses to withdraw from general election ticket

Dundalk councillor John McGahon has refused to withdraw from the Fine Gael general election ticket, despite being requested to do so by the party, according to an article published at the weekend by The Sunday Times.

In the article by Stephen O’Brien, it was revealed that Cllr McGahon has been asked by Tom Curran, the party’s general secretary, to come off the Fine Gael general election ticket in Louth, after being questioned by Gardaí over an alleged assault that took place earlier in the year.

According to the article, Cllr McGahon was approached by the party and asked to step aside, but because he was selected by a party convention in August he is refusing to do so.

It is now thought, according to the article, that deselection of Cllr McGahon is "being seriously considered by the party leadership, and is likely to be discussed at a meeting of the Fine Gael executive council in the near future."

The Dundalk Democrat has contacted Cllr McGahon for a comment on the situation but he has yet to respond.