Donegal businessman John McNulty has withdrawn his candidacy from the upcoming Seanad by-election.
The Kilcar businessman said he informed Taoiseach Enda Kenny that he was withdrawing from the race
Mr Kenny had come under pressure in the last week over the appointment of Mr McNulty to the board of the Irish Museum of Modern Art.
Mr McNulty, who owns a Mace store in Ballybofey, said he is “asking the Members of the Oireachtas not to vote for me in the upcoming Seanad bye-election. I would like to thank the many members of the Oireachtas who already expressed their support for me.”
The statement continued: “I am taking this decision because I believe that to contest the election would be an ongoing distraction from the critical work of Government which is to secure Ireland’s recovery through job creation and increased investment.
“I believe the Government’s economic plan is working and the country is now moving in the right direction. This is what all members of Government should be focussed on at all times.
“It was my hope, if elected, to support the Government’s work in this regard as a member of the Oireachtas and now it is my intention to seek a Party nomination to contest the next General Election.”Tags: