Councillor says Fine Gael needs new faces, as minister rules out Sinn Fein coalition

Fine Gael Councillor Peter McVitty says it is time new faces are brought into the party.

The west Cavan councillor was speaking last night after withdrawing his name from the nomination from the Cavan-Monaghan selection convention.

With only two candidates remaining in the race, both Business Minister Heather Humphreys and Senator Joe O’Reilly were deemed selected to represent Fine Gael in the local region.
Following a speech where Councillor McVitty announced he would not contest the selection process, Chairperson for the evening Fergus O’Dowd revealed the party issued a directive earlier that two candidates would be selected on the night.

Had he remained in the race, this meant it would have went to a members vote to decide who would join Heather Humphreys on a county-balanced ticket.

Speaking following the convention, Peter McVitty said it wasn’t an easy decision but he felt it was the right one.

Although the party is now preparing for an election, Minister Heather Humphreys insists the confidence and supply agreement will be renewed.

And she ruled out a coalition with Sinn Fein in the event of a new government.