Fine Gael TD Enright to quit national politics

Fine Gael TD Olwyn Enright has announced she will quit national politics at the next general election.

Fine Gael TD Olwyn Enright has announced she will quit national politics at the next general election.

Deputy Enright, who has been a TD since 2002, said that she can no longer give the position the dedication it requires due to family commitments.

Enright was first elected to the Dáil in 2002 for the Laois-Offaly constituency, following the retirement of her father Tom.

She has held a number of front bench spokesperson positions in Fine Gael such as Education and Social and Family Affairs.

The 36-year-old spoke out against Enda Kenny in the recent botched leadership heave, and before the leader could sack her from his new line-up, she announced she did not want to be considered for a job.

Married to Donegal TD Joe McHugh, she gave birth to a son last year, and has announced she is expecting her second child.

In a statement today she said because of changes in her personal circumstances, and with a young family, in the longer term she could not give the commitment the job requires.

Enda Kenny said he respected the decision in putting family before politics, and thanked her for her service.

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