Ex minister in scandal to contest General Election

A former Government junior minister who last year circulated bogus election letters from the Taoiseach, aims to run for Fianna Fáil in the next general election.

A former Government junior minister who last year circulated bogus election letters from the Taoiseach, aims to run for Fianna Fáil in the next general election.

Cllr Lorcan Allen, who served as a TD from 1961-1982, was suspended for a year in July 2004 after he admitted circulating up to 2,000 bogus letters from Bertie Ahern, calling on local election voters to support him rather than his party running mate.

Cllr Allen was later elected to Wexford Co Council and party colleague Pat Rath was unsuccessful.

Fianna Fáil announced today that Cllr Allen is to seek a nomination to run for the party in Wexford in the next general election.

He is one of four candidates seeking the nomination for the combined Enniscorthy and Gorey electoral areas.

The others are Minister for State at the Department of Agriculture and Food, John Browne, Cllr Barbara Ann Murphy and Cllr Malcolm Byrne.

The selection convention takes place on Sunday evening.

Sitting Fianna Fáil TD, Tony Dempsey has already said he won’t be seeking re-election in the constituency.

The other candidates seeking nominations are Lisa McDonald in Wexford town and Cllr Sean Connick and Cllr Michael Sheehan in New Ross.

Cllr Allen, a former junior minister for agriculture during the Haughey era, was re-admitted to the party last July after serving a year’s suspension.

At the time of the incident in June 2004, Mr Allen apologised to Mr Ahern for using his signature and blamed “the pressurised atmosphere of an intensive election campaign” for his motives.

Cllr Allen was elected in seven Dáil elections between 1961 and 1982 when he lost his seat.

He failed to become a TD at general elections in 1982, 1987 and 1989.

An auctioneer by profession, he has been a member of Wexford Co Council and Gorey Town Council since 1999.

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