The Sinn Féin leader has paid tribute to local TD Caoimhghín Ó’Caoláin who’s announced his retirement from politics.
He made the announcement at a party meeting in Cootehill last night, saying he’d be standing down at the next election.
He was the first Sinn Féin TD to take his seat in Leinster House after the party ended abstentionism in Dublin and he led the party in the Dáil until 2011.
Party leader Mary Lou McDonald paid tribute to Caoimhghín Ó’Caoláin last night:
Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin has been a Sinn Féin TD since 1997 after previously being a Councillor in Monaghan.
Over 250 party members attended the meeting, with many paying tribute.
Speaking to Northern Sound News after the announcement, Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin spoke of one of the highlights of his career as a TD:
Sinn Féin will choose its candidates for Cavan-Monaghan for the next election in the coming month.
Last night’s meeting heard the party hopes to run a two candidate, gender balanced ticket with one candidate from each county.
Caoimhghín Ó’Caoláin says the part is well placed to win two seats at the next vote:
In his speech, Caoimhghín Ó’Caoláin said it was time for a new generation to take over in the party.
Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald says the party is strong in Cavan and Monaghan: