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Fine Gael TD Brendan Griffin Leah Farrell
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Fine Gael TD Brendan Griffin confirms he will not stand in next General Election

Griffin confirmed he would not contest the next General Election to Radio Kerry this morning.

FINE GAEL TD for Kerry Brendan Griffin has confirmed that he will not be standing again in the next General Election.

Speaking to Radio Kerry this morning, Griffin said that family reasons had played a part in his decision to step away from politics after the next election.

“The reason for my decision is very straightforward, I want to be around my children for the remaining years of their childhood,” Griffin told Radio Kerry.

Griffin said that he never envisaged having a long career in politics and that he would work for as long as he could “give it everything I could”.

“I never really envisaged a very long career in politics. I didn’t feel that I was going to be someone who would give it 30 years and just hold the seat.

“I wanted to give it everything I could while I could and the minute I felt that I couldn’t give it 100% commitment, I would step back.”

In a statement this afternoon, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar described Griffin as a “brilliant representative for Kerry”.

“Brendan has worked tirelessly for the people of Kerry,” Varadkar said, adding that he had been a “very effective advocate for rural Ireland”.

“His legacy includes the two greenways in North Kerry, progress on the south Kerry greenway; which is now in the early stages of construction, improvements on the new Cork to Kerry road; including the Macroom bypass, financial support for Kerry Airport and for sports clubs throughout the county.”

Initially elected in 2011, Griffin held a seat for Fine Gael in Kerry in both the 2016 and 2020 General Elections.

He previously served as a Minister of State for Tourism between 2017 and 2020, before working as deputy chief whip for the Government between 2020 and 2022.

Griffin had turned down a junior ministerial post in December following the Cabinet reshuffle, citing family reasons.

He is the second Fine Gael TD to confirm his intention to not stand again in the next General Election, alongside Donegal TD Joe McHugh.

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