Willie Penrose to quit Labour seat at next election

Labour TD Willie Penrose has announced he will not contest the next General Election.

The Longford/Westmeath deputy was first elected to the Dáil in 1992, and has held his seat since.

Former Westmeath GAA star Alan Mangan is expected to be selected this evening as the party's next candidate for the constituency.

Deputy Penrose says Mr Mangan has the party's full support.

He said: "I'll be honest with you, I would not be stepping down if I did not feel the candidate who was going to replace me was going to win the seat in Longford/Westmeath.

"I can also assure the people tonight, we will be going all-out, as and from tomorrow. We will be 150% behind his candidacy."

Related Articles

Readers' bolg: ‘New politics’ seem just like the politics of the past

Culture of misogyny and sexism in Irish politics revealed in new book

Independent TD Noel Grealish to give 'necessary support' to government until Brexit resolved

Labour leader Howlin calls for election over 'fatally weakened government'

More in this Section

No decision on memorial to abused, ten years on

Footfall up but rumblings again about Cork city car ban

Gardaí appeal for help in finding woman, 22, missing from Mayo

Supt David Taylor applies for retirement following suspension

Breaking Stories

Meet the A-listers of Zeminar 2018

Impressive double act kicks off Wexford Festival Opera

Boyhood dream becomes a reality for filmmaker George Morrison

More From The Irish Examiner