Speculation that former junior minister may run as Independent

John Perry

Speculation is mounting as to whether John Perry will run as an Independent candidate in the next election after failing to get onto the Fine Gael ticket.

The former minister of state for small business failed to get a nomination at a constituency selection convention earlier this year. The party had the option of adding additional candidates but has confirmed this will not happen.

“The Fine Gael members selected two candidates at the Sligo/Leitrim Selection Convention; Sinead Maguire and Gerry Reynolds,” said a spokesperson. The Fine Gael general election ticket for Sligo/Leitrim is now complete.”

In 2015, then sitting TD Mr Perry sparked controversy which led to a High Court challenge ahead of the general election when he failed to get onto the party ticket. He settled the case following a five-day court battle and went on to unsuccessfully contest the 2016 election.

Mr Perry was first elected to the Dáil in 1997 and retained his seat until his 2016 election defeat.

The departure of Fine Gael TD Tony McLoughlin left the Sligo-Leitrim constituency wide open, but party members voted to put forward former TD Gerry Reynolds and Sligo councillor Sinead Maguire to represent them in the next election.

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