Foster’s Fairplay: Athlete Representative concerns

first_img The general secretary, laughable as his reaction was, definitely does not suggest that there is. This, in the best interest of Jamaica’s youth who choose sports as their pathway to a better life, cannot be allowed to continue. How can an athlete, who has already been to the highest level, bringing honour to country and self with a scintillating performance, be guided in the way he is now being steered? As a winner at the recent Beijing trials, should he not be asked to occupy a legitimate stage on the professional circuit, honing skills and getting sharp for the stern tests in the Bird’s Nest? Instead, what is being heard is “no races planned”. All that is scheduled is training, training, training. The suggestion of saving him from long flights (to Europe) falls on its face, with the Pan Am Games and all that it offers a four-hour aircraft flight away. Come on people, track and field supporters are among the brightest. Certainly, they are not fools. The plot thickens, when it is considered that the AR, blessed with stewardship over this athlete, was herself a most talented participant in the same event. Do not take Foster’s Fairplay’s word. Check the year 1993. Then, she won the USA collegiate title and, days later, the national crown as well. It made her the world leader of those entered for the event at the World Championships in Stuttgart that year. Her coach at the time, prescribed “no races in the interim”. This columnist, new to the sport then, was her agent. She entered Stuttgart, unexposed to any of the Americans and Russians who were to be her opponents there. Her performance at the big show was dismal. Jamaica’s head coach expressed his opinion to this columnist, there in a radio station coverage, in words unprintable. Efforts to contact her were not successful. Is this where arguably Jamaica’s greatest young talent is being led? – For feedback, email: lauriefoster2012@gmail.com Foster’s Fairplay recently ignored a self-generated story. The reason: it was seen as more important to ease pressures on an alleged guilty party. As a follower of truth, this columnist was later to regret the decision. The said matter was broadcast elsewhere with much of what was involved, denied public knowledge. This was simply because the commentator was restricted in his knowledge of the matter. Having said all that, there is deep concern with how some of the country’s most talented athletes are being handled. Should it not be within the scope of the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA) to have some controlling oversight, concerning who comes out and says, “I am his or her agent”? Is such a declaration, despite having registered as an athlete representative (AR), enough to satisfy that the charges are being properly managed? UNSOLICITED ADVICE THIS CAN’T CONTINUE Some time ago, this columnist gave some free and unsolicited advice to the parents of an extremely gifted local high-school athlete. They were urged to seek someone with the requisite experience and expertise to see to the affairs of their son. There was no compulsion to follow that counsel, but things do not seem to be working out as planned. This has led to a halt to his season, in which so many opportunities for top-class exposure were on offer. Pity the unfortunate and uninformed parents wanting the best, but now other thoughts must arise. In a recent interview with the general secretary of the JAAA, Garth Gayle, a question, in the present context, was posed. The high-school principal was requested to “speak to any attempts to guide athletes on agent choices or is that not a concern of your association?” The query to Mr Gayle was against the background that “younger and unexposed ones (athletes) are entering that arena”. The need for “a fulsome response” was mentioned. This journalist will spare both readers and the administrator himself the nature of the reply. Suffice to say, it was embarrassing, not the least of which, to this columnist. Foster’s Fairplay is making the case for a closer look at who is given the privilege of being AR to Jamaica’s best talents. This assumes that there currently is any level of scrutiny by the governing body, which seems doubtful.last_img read more

Hubert Lawrence | Don’t press ‘send’

first_imgWhen I heard Darren Sammy’s impassioned outburst at the closing ceremony for the World T20 tournament in April, it seemed clear it would be his last act not only as captain but also as a West Indies player. No sport federation would allow such an airing of dirty linen to the world without dire consequence, whether the statements were true or not. A recent tweet by Darren Bravo falls into the same category. Like Sammy at the World T20, Bravo seemed to be angry when he wrote the Twitter statement directed at West Indies Cricket Board President Dave Cameron. Hurt by a critical performance review and a commensurate pay cut, Bravo lashed out. Sammy’s heart was full. Bravo, like many would have been, was bristling at the double impact announced by the WICB president. Even if he had complied with the order to apologise and to remove the offending Twitter statement, the damage would have been done. Speech is instant and there’s no way to re-wind and erase words once they hit the airwaves. Internet networking sites like Facebook and Twitter catapult information around the globe at breakneck speed. The traditional media and the Internet often work together to accelerate that movement of information. An impassioned plea or an angry tweet is front-page news in no time flat. Once you hit the ‘send’ button, there’s no turning back. That’s why many institutions have stipulations in employee contracts that are designed to punish those who use the Internet or the media hastily or with hurtful intent. At the same time, we love those gregarious personalities who tell it like it is. They add colour to tepid public discourse and behaviour that has been tailored by publicity agents. The out-turn in this case is that Bravo has jump-started a process that places his international cricket career in jeopardy. Whether you think his statements were true or not, the style and content of his references to Cameron are strictly prohibited by contract. Unless something dramatic happens, his West Indies day are over. It might all be different if his tweet had just said, ‘Disappointed’. You never know. Sammy is 32 and still young for a cricketer. However, if he never plays for the West Indies again, he has many good memories of playing for the region. He probably has done enough to be attractive to those who organise franchise-based T20 tournaments around the cricket world. At home, in St Lucia, there is a cricket stadium named after him. Bravo is only 27 and may not be quite so marketable. For cricket fans, developments in the Bravo case will be as interesting as the recent US presidential campaign. In the meantime, young sportsmen and women can learn from what has happened. Things will happen in sport that make you mad enough to respond angrily on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, SnapChat or any other mechanism you prefer. The best advice is to calm down. Wait until your pulse stops racing and when you stop seeing red. Don’t you dare to press that ‘send’ button when you’re mad. Take a deep breath. Cool down. Count to 10 and if that doesn’t work, count to 100. By then, you’ll be calm enough to beat the urge to tantrum-tweet. – Hubert Lawrence has made notes at trackside since 1980. NO TURNING BACKlast_img read more

NOCAL Leads Oil Rig Tour

first_imgThe National Oil Company of Liberia (NOCAL) has expressed its abiding commitment to developing and harnessing the local human capacity needed for the effective operation of the oil sector in Liberia.The president/CEO of NOCAL, Dr. Randolph McClain, gave the assurance yesterday when he led a delegation of NOCAL and other officials of relevant government agencies on a tour of the West Tellus oil rig, off the coast of Liberia.Meeting with several Liberians working on the drill-ship operated by Seadrill and hired by Chevron to drill its offshore prospect in hopes of finding hydrocarbon resources, Dr. McClain emphasized that a major priority of NOCAL now is to ensure the timely availability of qualified Liberian personnel who can constitute the much needed workforce for the evolving oil industry in the country.He declared that in this regard, NOCAL will continue to provide the needed resources for the training of deserving Liberians in all fields of operation relative to the oil industry. He then requested Chevron officials to timely make available to NOCAL relevant data on Liberian workers on the drill ship to enable NOCAL determine their training and related needs.Also speaking at the occasion, the Chief Operating Officer of NOCAL, Cllr. Althea E. Sherman, expressed great delight at seeing competent Liberians working in various fields of operation on the drill ship along with their foreign counterparts.Cllr. Sherman encouraged the Liberian workforce to remain committed to their professions so that they can make Liberia proud. She also thanked the Chevron and Seadrill staff for the opportunities, training and support that have been provided to the Liberian crew members.Other heads of government agencies making similar comments of appreciation and commendations on the performance of the Liberian workforce included Liberia Maritime Commissioner Binyah Kesselly, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Chief, Mrs. Anyaa Vohiri, and National Port Authority Deputy for Administration, Mr. Nyekeh Forkpa.NOCAL’s Vice President for Public Affairs, Lamini Waritay, also formed part of the delegation that toured the facilities/operations of the drill ship stationed about 45 miles off the Liberian coast.The ongoing drilling process, which is being sponsored by Chevron Liberia Ltd., is intended to determine the presence of a commercially significant hydrocarbon reservoir within the Liberian offshore geological basin located in Block LB-12.A day earlier, on Monday (April 21), President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf made a tour of the rig in the company of US Ambassador Deborah Malac, the Chairman of NOCAL, Cllr. Seward Cooper, and other government officials, including the President Pro-tempore, Gbehzonghar Findley, and Deputy Speaker Hans Barchue.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

UNMEER Says No New Cases in Nine Counties

first_imgAn official report from the United Nations Mission on Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER) has disclosed that over the past 21 days, nine counties, mostly in Southeastern Liberia, have reported no new Ebola cases.Hans Rosling said Grand Gedeh, River Gee, Grand Kru, Maryland, Gbarpolu, Bomi, Grand Bassa, and River Cess counties, have reported no confirmed cases of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) for more than 21 days, while Lofa County in northern Liberia has reported zero cases in more than 40 days.Speaking at the Information Ministry’s daily Ebola briefing last Monday, Mr. Rosling expressed the hope that the situation would remain under control and that there would not be a rebirth of the disease in those counties, especially Lofa, the former epicenter of the deadly Ebola virus disease.Lofa is one of several Liberian counties bordering Guinea, from which the first outbreak was transmitted. He explained that Foya in Lofa County registered Liberia’s first case of Ebola in early March 2014, with the disease subsequently spreading rapidly to other parts of the country.He has, however, cautioned residents of those counties to remain assertive in protecting their communities and families by adhering to the preventive measures outlined by the Ministry of Health and its partners, including reporting all sick cases, doing away with bathing of dead bodies and shaking of hands.At the same time, according to Rosling, six counties- Cape Mount, Montserrado, Bong, Nimba, Margibi and Sinoe, have reported over 70 Ebola cases in the last three weeks but he maintained that UMEER was determined to ensure that Ebola is eradicated from Liberia.It may be recalled that in early November, the World Health Organization (WHO) assigned doctor to Lofa, Clement Peter, declared the Foya Emergency Treatment Unit (ETU) free of Ebola after it did not report cases of the disease in more than three weeks.“The World Health Organization (WHO) will declare a country Ebola-free if no new Ebola case is reported in 42 days. Liberia is fighting the virus and hopes that the country will be declared Ebola-free soon.”Also speaking, the Head of the Incident Management Team andAssistant Minister for Preventive Services, Tolbert Nyenswah, revealed that the government has sent a six-man technical team to Grand Cape Mount County to beef up the strength of the local Ebola Taskforce in eradicating the virus.Minister Nyenswah said the government’s decision to dispatch the team was due to the constant outbreak of new Ebola cases in the area and the need to curb the virus.He said it is regrettable that while many counties are reporting zero cases, Cape Mount is still reporting fresh Ebola cases daily.Minister Nyenswah further disclosed that the six-person team will work with the County Health Team and local and international partners in fighting the further spread of the virus in the county.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

‘Juju Caused My Defeat’

first_imgGrand Gedeh County Representative Zoe Emmanuel Pennue has blamed his defeat in last month’s special senatorial election on “juju” (African science).Pennue, an independent candidate and Unity Party sympathizer came second to rival Marshall Dennis of the Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) with 3,273 to 6,148 votes.Addressing a news conference in Monrovia over the weekend, Pennue said although there was low turnout in the polls, Juju was largely responsible for his defeat.“This is the first election (in which) I was participating and the process didn’t end and news broke out about my death. I was busy campaigning in the county while rumors had it that I had had a terrible car accident and died in the process. That alone is the work of African science. Many of my supporters were overly zealous to vote during campaign time, but on voting day for no reason, thousands of them declined to go to the polls. As I speak to you now, many of them are regretting their action and still wondering what was really behind their weakness to vote on that day. I have participated in three elections, 2005, 2011 and 2014 and this is the first time such a thing has happened in the county.“Even with the irregularities in the election process in Grand Gedeh, I would have still beaten the ten candidates in the race had it not been for juju,” declared Pennue.However, ZEP, as he is widely known, announced that despite being in possession of substantial evidences of voting irregularities, filing a lawsuit in protest is the least on his mind.Grand Gedeh County is bigger than his political ambition, said Pennue, adding that he “welcomed the results and pledged his unflinching support to the leadership, no matter who won”.He praised his kinsmen for expressing their desire through the ballot box, adding, “I am grateful that I came second in the race of 11 candidates.”What that means, he pointed out, “is that the people of Grand Gedeh and my district in particular, still love and want me to continue to represent them in the National Legislature.”“I am happy that no one won me in my district, which means that I remain popular among my people,” asserted ZEP.He called for unity among the citizens and politicians of the county, stressing, “Election is over and it is time to work in unity and with one voice in pushing the agenda of Grand Gedeh at every level.”Interestingly, before the election ZEP bragged of defeating anybody that stood in his way in the county. He boasted of having the key to the county and it was only a matter of time before he was named senator.When asked what went wrong that caused him to go down that fast, Pennue again said; “I still have the popularity, but this election was a surprise.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Importers of vehicles with used tyres will be fined – GRA reminds

first_imgImporters of vehicles with used tyres, including the spares, will have to face fines from next month, the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) warned in a statement on Wednesday.“(GRA) hereby informs vehicle importers and the general public that effective June 1, 2017, persons importing vehicles with used tyres, including the spare, which do not conform to the stipulated standards set out following the recently-amended laws will be required to pay fines for each tyre not in conformity,” the revenue body said.The categories of motor vehicles for which used tyres are restricted include motor cars, vans, sport utility vehicles, pick-ups, buses and other similar vehicles. The GRA added that the restriction excludes heavy-duty vehicles such as trucks, lorries, vehicles used in the agricultural and industrial sectors, and special purpose vehicles.Following the February 1, 2017 imposition of the ban on used tyres, in accordance with Part II of the Second Schedule to the Customs Act (List of Restricted Imports), the Authority had allowed a one-month phase-in period.During that period, tyres on used vehicles were allowed entry into the country once the vehicles were purchased and shipped prior to April 1, 2017. Importers were told that if vehicles with used tyres were brought in thereafter, they would face the penalty.However, the GRA in Wednesday’s missive pointed out that while the controversial restriction on used tyres became effective on April 1, it has been observed that vehicles were still being imported with used tyres. The standard set for used tyres to be allowed (once they were imported with the vehicle) is no less than 6mm in measurement.“This standard was set and is being monitored by GRA in conjunction with the Guyana National Bureau of Standards (GNBS). However, when tyres are imported separately, only brand new tyres shall be allowed into the country. This measure also became effective April 1 in accordance with the amended Law,” the tax agency noted.Importers of used tyres on vehicles not in conformity with the 6 mm and over standard will be fined for each category of tyres – $10,000 for motor cars, vans, minibuses; and $15,000 for SUVs and pick-up vehicles.“It must be noted that importers of vehicles not in conformity will be required to pay the fines per tyre prior to the vehicles being released by Customs,” the tax body noted.Moreover, the GRA reminded that the Customs duty charged on new tyres was reduced from 30 to 15 per cent effective February 1, 2017.Even as Government forges ahead with implementing the new law, the Guyana Used Tyres Association continues to protest the move, staging several picketing exercises to get Government to reverse the ban, but to no avail.The Association has even submitted a petition with over 100 signatures. According to information supplied by the dealers, used tyres cost between $3000 and $5000, whereas new ones would be more than two times that price, as they lament the impact the ban has had on the livelihood of used tyres dealers.last_img read more

Tottenham vs Fulham: match preview, team news, predicted line-ups, plus more

first_img Jokanovic’s side got off to a poor start Tottenham’s new stadium has been delayed smart causal Fulham will be without suspended centre-back Denis Odoi, fellow defender Tim Ream faces a late fitness test, while new-signing Alfie Mawson is out until September.Left-back Joe Bryan could play despite limping off against Palace last week.Midfielder Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa has been working with the squad following his transfer deadline switch from Marseille.Predicted line-upsTottenham: Lloris; Trippier, Sanchez, Vertonghen, Davies; Dier, Dembele; Moura, Dele, Eriksen; KaneFulham: Fabri; Christie, Chambers, Le Marchand, Bryan; Cairney, Anguissa, Seri; Schurrle, Mitrovic, Sessegnon gameday 5 Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade 5 LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS “It’s not enough to give 100%, it’s 200%.“We know from inside that it will be hard and, because we are warriors, we want to fight. We want to be proud at the end, we want success and we do not want to complain or make excuses. I am a winner and I love the challenge. We want to go again.”Slavisa Jokanovic (Fulham): “If we believe now it’s a better way to give Spurs the ball and wait for them on the edge of the box and try to finish the game 0-0, I’m not sure that would be the best plan for us. How Arsenal could line up in Arteta’s first official game in charge – Ozil return? Every Championship club’s best signing of the decade, including Taarabt and Dack Pochettino knows this will be a tough season Son is at the Asian Games impact Best clips, calls and talkSPORT moments of 2019, feat Hearn, McCoist and more How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures Tottenham predicted XI to face Brighton with Mourinho expected to make big changes ALTERED possible standings NEW ERA 5 Tottenham v Brighton LIVE: talkSPORT commentary and team news for Boxing Day opener However, the Cottagers are looking for their first points in the top-flight after losing 2-0 at home to Crystal Palace on the opening weekend.Spurs started the new campaign with a nervy 2-1 victory away at Newcastle and Mauricio Pochettino will be hoping to put a week of uncertainty surrounding the club’s new stadium to one side. Dele Alli’s celebration against Newcastle has gone viral England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won Tottenham return to Wembley on Saturday with their new home still not ready – and it won’t be for some time yet.They welcome Fulham, who have fond memories of the national stadium after sealing promotion to the Premier League with a 1-0 victory over Aston Villa in May’s Championship play-off final. silverware highlights 5 “We know it’s a tough game ahead of us. It’s only Manchester City and Juventus that have won there [sic. Chelsea and West Ham also won at Wembley last season]. For another side it’s a great opportunity for us to test our possibilities against one of the top English and European teams.”Team newsTottenham’s Son Heung-Min is in Indonesia to take part in the Asian Games for South Korea.Erik Lamela, Harry Winks and Josh Onomah returned to training this week but are unlikely to be match fit, while Victor Wanyama remains sidelined through injury. Here is everything you need to know ahead of the London derby:What time is kick off?Tottenham vs Fulham kicks off at 3pm on Saturday, August 18.What the managers are sayingMauricio Pochettino (Tottenham): “For me it will be the toughest season and I think if we want success we have to give more than our best. 5last_img read more

GOVERNMENT MUST STRIP BANKERS OF MASSIVE SALARIES, SAYS DOHERTY

first_imgSinn Fein Finance Spokesperson Pearse Doherty TD has said the government must act with haste to deal with bankers’ pay following the publication of the Mercer Report, which the Taoiseach informed him this morning, will be within two weeks.Deputy Doherty said: “We are waiting since June last year for this report and it is more than two years since this government came to office on a promise of dealing with the high levels of bankers’ remuneration. Today the Taoiseach finally confirmed to me that the report will be published in the next two weeks.“I am urging the government to act speedily following this report. In a matter of weeks it can decide to cut hundreds of millions from low and middle paid frontline public sector workers, yet when it comes to bankers’ pay, we have years of procrastination. This has to stop. “While fire-fighters, nurses, guards and teachers are all expected to vote on more cuts to their already diminished pay packets, the senior bankers who contributed to the economic crisis have spent much of the last two years barely touched. I revealed in November that 27 bankers were still earning over €500,000 per annum and 3,000 in total were earning over €100,000. “I hope the Mercer report has been worth the wait and I would urge the government to respond with haste on bankers’ pay. The public demand and deserve nothing less.”  ENDGOVERNMENT MUST STRIP BANKERS OF MASSIVE SALARIES, SAYS DOHERTY was last modified: February 27th, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:GOVERNMENT MUST STRIP BANKERS OF MASSIVE SALARIESSAYS DOHERTYlast_img read more

GALLAGHER ASKS GOVT TO REVIEW DECISION TO EXCLUDE NORTH-WEST FROM TRANSPORT SCHEME

first_imgMEP Pat The Cope Gallagher has called on the Government to review its decision to exclude the North West and West from an important EU transport programme.Pat The Cope Gallagher MEPSpeaking in the European Parliament in Strasbourg, he strongly criticised the Irish Government over its plans to exclude the entire North West and West from the Trans European Transport Network.The agreement on the TEN-T Core Network was negotiated and agreed under the Irish EU Presidency. Mr Gallagher stated: “Unfortunately I am not in a position to congratulate the work of the Irish Presidency on securing the agreement on the Trans European Transport Network.”“It is regrettable that in Ireland the TEN-T Core Network has been confined only to the east and south of Ireland. The decision of the Irish Government to totally ignore the entire western region of Ireland is shameful. This decision will only serve to widen the gap between the peripheral Border, Midland and Western region and the Rest of Ireland.”“Furthermore, prior to submitting its plans, the Irish Government failed to consult and involve in their decision making respected bodies such as the BMW Regional Assembly and the Western Development Commission.”Mr Gallagher concluded “The Government extended the Network to include Limerick and even at this late stage, however embarrassing it may be for the Government, I call for the TEN-T Core Network to be extended to the Western Region in order to develop rail, road, energy and communications links.” “At the very least, a feasibility study into a multi-modal route along the western arc needs to be carried out with the involvement of the Western Development Commission and the BMW regional assembly.”Mr Gallagher confirmed that he voted against the agreement on the TEN-T in the European Parliament due to the exclusion of the North West and West of Ireland. GALLAGHER ASKS GOVT TO REVIEW DECISION TO EXCLUDE NORTH-WEST FROM TRANSPORT SCHEME was last modified: November 25th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:MEPPat The Cope Gallaghertransport schemelast_img read more

TD TO STAND DOWN: DEIMHNITHE AG DINNY McGINLEY NACH RITHFIDH SÉ SAN OLLTOGHCHÁN

first_imgDinny McGinley TDDheimhnigh an Teachta Dála Dinny McGinley ar Bharrscéalta ar RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta inniu nach mbeidh sé ag seasamh san Olltoghchán.Dúirt sé, cé go raibh sé ráite aige le os cionn bliana nach rithfeadh sé, gur tháinig brú air le tamall anuas dhul siar ar an gcinneadh sin, ach nach bhfuil sé chun é sin a dhéanamh.“Mar a dúirt mé tá bliain ó shin, dúirt mé nach raibh sé ar intinn agam a bheith mar iarrthóir sa chéad toghchán eile. Tá an cinneadh déanta agam le corradh agus bliain anuas… Tháinig brú orm le tamall anuas ón dáilcheantar féin, ó achan pháirt den dáilcheantar, agus ó Bhaile Átha Cliath chomh maith.” “Rinne mé smaoiteadh domhain air sin le cúpla seachtain anuas. Bhí deis agam an cás a phléigh leis na hoifigí ag cruinniú an pháirtí i gCo. Luimnigh ag an deireadh seachtaine, leis an Rúnaí Ginearálta, leis an Stiúrthóir Toghchánaíochta, agus leis an Taoiseach féin. Dúirt mé leo ag an phointe seo nach raibh sé ar intinn agam an cinneadh a athrú ón chinneadh a rinne mé tá bliain ó shin.”Dúirt sé go n-aontaíonn sé gur cheart go mbeadh beirt iarrthóirí ag Fine Gael sa Dáilcheantar, agus gurb shin a bhí beartaithe agus go rabhthas sa tóir anois ar an dara iarrthóir, ó tharla nach raibh sé féin chun a bheith san áireamh.Bhí an Teachta Dála Dinny McGinley faoi agallamh inniu ar Bharrscéalta ar RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta.Dinny McGinley TD confirmed today that he will not be standing in the next General Election.  He was speaking on Barrscéalta on RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta. Although he announced over a year ago that he would not contest the election, he said that he had come under pressure in recent weeks to go back on that decision, but that he would not be doing so.“A year ago, I said that I did not intend to be a candidate in the next election.  And, although the decision has been made for almost a year, I came under pressure recently from the constituency, from all parts of the constituency, and from Dublin as well, to reconsider.”“I have given it serious consideration for the last few weeks.  I had the opportunity to discuss it with the Secretary General, the Director of Elections, and the Taoiseach himself at the party think-in in Co.  Limerick at the weekend.  I informed them that I did not intend to go back on the decision I made a year ago.”He said that he agreed with a two-candidate strategy for Fine Gael for the constituency, and that that was the intention of the party.  He said they were now looking for a second candidate to take his place.Dinny McGinley TD was interviewed today on Barrscéalta on RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta. TD TO STAND DOWN: DEIMHNITHE AG DINNY McGINLEY NACH RITHFIDH SÉ SAN OLLTOGHCHÁN was last modified: September 14th, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Dinny McGinleyquitslast_img read more