Independent candidate drops out just a week after launching campaign

Jonathon Rainey, who just last week announced he was to run as an independent candidate in the general election, has suspended his campaign.

In a statement posted on social media today he said his belief was the election would be held in April or May and the February 8th polling day would not give him sufficient time to get his message across.

He said he has a small team and limited resources and there was “no point” in trying to squeeze his ideas into a short campaign.

He says he’s still determined to play a positive role in Cavan and Monaghan.

Jonathon Rainey was the first independent candidate to announce their intention to run in Cavan-Monaghan.

Statement from Jonathon Rainey

Given the General Election date has now been set for Saturday 8th February it’s with profound regret I’ll be suspending my campaign effective immediately.

I’d guesstimated this election would be held in late April or early May, affording me sufficient time to launch a credible idea based campaign across Cavan & Monaghan counties, meet community stakeholders and community groups as well as business leaders and constituents.

Whilst I am suspending this campaign now, based purely on logistics and timing, I am still determined to play a positive role in Cavan Monaghan politics. Unfortunately with such a small team, and limited resources I see no point in trying to squeeze my ideas into a short 3-week window. .

I won’t be backing any particular candidate or candidates, but will vote of course. I’d like to wish those candidates proceeding the very best of luck.

Thank you to those groups, constituents and media who took an interest in my campaign. It means a lot – particularly those councillors in Cavan Monaghan and past politicians who made contact with me and offered constructive advice and warning 🙂

This far my campaign has spent a tiny amount of money and suspending it now before Oireachtas dissolution is best.

Personally I think we could be at the polls again later this year. I’ll keep my options open. go raibh míle maith agat.