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Turf cutter Michael Fitzmaurice to contest Roscommon/South Leitrim by-election

Fitzmaurice said he had recieved many requests from people in Roscommon and Leitrim.

MICHAEL FITZMAURICE, CHAIRPERSON of the Turf Cutters and Contractors Association (TCCA) is to contest the Roscommon/South Leitrim by-election.

Ming Flanagan-endorsed Fitzmaurice, who was widely tipped to run, made the official announcement this evening.

He said that he has consulted with his family and team, and made the decision “after lots of requests from the people of Roscommon and Leitrim”.

Fitzmaurice was born in Galway and is married with three children. He runs an agricultural and turf contracting business.

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Fitzmaurice described himself as a “problem solver” and said that as Chair of the TCCA he has travelled the country and organised over 100 meetings on people’s right to cut their turf.

The issue of designated land has far more implications than just for turf cutters. I have proven that I understand this issue more than the so called experts. Rural life will be non-existent unless we stem this tide.

He also said that as someone who runs their own business, he sees first hand “what employers need to see change”.

Those who create employment are crippled with red tape and regulations from both Dublin and Brussels.

“No one can argue anymore against the benefits of putting an independent in Dáil Eireann,” said Fitzmaurice, mentioning issues such as water quality and turf cutting.

Yesterday, Sinn Féin announced that long-serving Leitrim councillor Martin Kenny is to be their candidate in the election. Labour selected Senator John Kelly as its candidate.

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