Noel Cunningham will not be putting himself forward for selection as a general election candidate.
There was widespread speculation that the Killybegs-based broadcaster and hotel manager would join the race in the new Donegal constituency for Lucinda Creighton’s Renua after presenting a paper on the challenges facing rural towns in Ireland at a recent Party gathering Mr Cunningham, a broadcaster on TV3 and RTE radio says that after consultation with family and friends he realised that he could not give “one hundred and fifty per cent” to the challenge.
He says in a statement to be issued tomorrow (Thursday) that his focus will always be his beloved Donegal, the surrounding community, and his charitable endeavours as patron of various causes . He also underlines he wishes to maintain his job at Harvey’s Point hotel and to promote all matters tourism.
As he thanks his advisors whoheled him reach his decision, Mr Cunningham jokes – The Aras …. Mmmmh that’s another story !!!! Meanwhile, Labour Senator Jimmy Harte has resigned from the Seanad.
Mr Harte was seriously injured in a fall at the end of 2013. On November 16th 2013, Senator Harte was found unconscious close to his Dublin apartment in the Newmarket Square area of Dublin 8 with life-threatening head injuries caused by a “tragic fall.”
Jimmy Harte is the son of former Fine Gael TD Paddy Harte and left the party and was an Independent before joining Labour.