Alan Dillon has announced today that he will not be running in the local elections in May but instead will focus entirely on seeking a Dail seat in the constituency of Mayo.
He has decided not to seek a nomination at the Fine Gael selection convention for the Castlebar Municipal District which will take place next month on Sunday, 10th February.
As a candidate for Dáil Éireann, Mr. Dillon says he is firmly focusing all of his attention on a successful campaign to retain a Fine Gael seat, currently held by former Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, TD.
Alan was chosen as the Fine Gael party's Castlebar-based candidate to contest the next General Election alongside Minister for Rural and Community Development, Michael Ring, and Senator Michelle Mulherin.
In a statement to Midwest News Mr Dillon says “I am confident there is no shortage of excellent candidates to contest the upcoming Local and European Elections in May 2019 and for that reason, I have decided to announce that I will be focusing solely on the next General Election. I will continue to place all my energy in my preparedness to have the strongest chance of retaining the seat held by Fine Gael in Castlebar for the past 65 years since the people of Mayo entrusted the late Henry Kenny’s election in 1954.”