Two FF TDs drop out of General Election running

Two more Fianna Fáil politicians have joined the list of those who will not be running in the forthcoming General Election.

Two more Fianna Fáil politicians have joined the list of those who will not be running in the forthcoming General Election.

Minister for Defence and Fianna Fáil TD for Clare, Tony Killeen and Fianna Fáil Junior Environment Minister for Roscommon/South Leitrim, Michael Finneran announced they will not contest the election.

Mr Finneran surprised colleagues in his constituency last night with the announcement while Mr Killeen made his announcement this morning.

Deputy Finneran was first elected to the Dáil in 2002 and is also a former Roscommon County Councillor.

It is understood he told the Taoiseach Brian Cowen before Christmas that he would be stepping down.

Deputy Killeen said his decision follows medical appraisal and advice in recent weeks.

He said: "I have informed the Taoiseach of my decision and I am deeply grateful to him for his backing particularly during my illness and cancer treatment."

Mr Killeen, who will be 59 in June, was born in Corofin, Co Clare.

A former national school teacher, he was a member of Clare County Council from 1985 to 1997, during which time he served both as Vice-Chair and Chair, before being first elected to the Dáil in 1992.

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