[Socialist Party TD, Joe Higgins]

Socialist Party TD Joe Higgins, for Dublin West, has announced that he won’t take part in the next general election.

In a statement on his website, the 64-year-old said:

“It has been my privilege to work alongside many people from every part of the Dublin 15 area who have displayed such commitment to defending and developing the community. I will continue to fight for the people of Dublin West as a public representative over the next two years as I have tried to do since I was first elected to Dublin County Council twenty three years ago.”

It also states:

“Joe felt it was necessary to make his decision public now because of the inevitable focus that will come on Dublin West because of the By-Election. It’s only a matter of time before he would be asked about his own intentions regarding future elections, so Joe felt it would be best to outline his decision before any campaigning for the By-Election starts.”

Read his statement in full here

Eamonn Farrell/Photocall Ireland

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