Labour TD Ryan passes torch to Smith

BREN­DAN RYAN TD TO STEP DOWN FOR ELEC­TION

Fingal Independent - - FRONT PAGE - By JOHN MAN­NING

With a Gen­eral Elec­tion now look­ing im­mi­nent, Bren­dan Ryan TD has an­nounced he will not con­test the elec­tion and has passed the Labour party can­di­dacy to Cllr Dun­can Smith.

Speak­ing to the Fingal In­de­pen­dent about his de­ci­sion, Deputy Ryan said: ‘I’ve been re­flect­ing on it since the lo­cal elec­tions and in par­tic­u­lar, since the by-elec­tion.

‘I said I would make the call over Christ­mas and an­nounce in it Jan­uary and I’ve done so. So I’m happy with the de­ci­sion now and I’m com­fort­able in my shoes.’

He added: ‘I told Dun­can (Cllr Dun­can Smith) be­fore Christ­mas that I would be giv­ing some thought to my own fu­ture and asked him if was still in­ter­ested in tak­ing over and ob­vi­ously he con­firmed that if I de­cided to go then he would run but if I de­cided to run, he would back me 100 per cent.’

Re­flect­ing on his time as a TD, he said: ‘I en­joyed it and I’ll miss it.’

Deputy Ryan be­lieves Cllr Smith is well placed to hold the seat for Labour.

WITH a Gen­eral Elec­tion now look­ing im­mi­nent, Bren­dan Ryan TD has an­nounced he will not con­test the elec­tion and has passed the Labour party can­di­dacy to Cllr Dun­can Smith.

Speak­ing to the Fingal In­de­pen­dent about his de­ci­sion, Deputy Ryan said: ‘I’ve been re­flect­ing on it since the lo­cal elec­tions and in par­tic­u­lar, since the by-elec­tion.

‘I said I would make the call over Christ­mas and an­nounce in it Jan­uary and I’ve done so. So I’m happy with the de­ci­sion now and I’m com­fort­able in my shoes.’

He ex­plained: ‘We (the lo­cal Labour Party) had an ex­ec­u­tive meet­ing in Mur­ray’s of Lusk and that was a sched­uled meet­ing and that was kind of my dead­line to make the de­ci­sion.

‘I told Dun­can (Cllr Dun­can Smith) be­fore Christ­mas that I would be giv­ing some thought to my own fu­ture and asked him if was still in­ter­ested in tak­ing over and ob­vi­ously he con­firmed that if I de­cided to go then he would run but if I de­cided to run, he would back me 100 per cent.

‘I’m at it since 2007 full-time and I’m at a point now in my mid-60s, and 13 years at it and the chal­lenge we al­ways have as a party is to tran­si­tion to the next per­son when one can­di­date comes to the end.

‘I had my posters and all ready to go when there was fear of an elec­tion be­fore Christ­mas two years ago and have my posters still which I now won’t be us­ing.

‘It was ei­ther now or in four years time. We don’t know what will hap­pen in four years time and there’s a bit of mo­men­tum there with Dun­can with a good per­for­mance from him in the by-elec­tion and he think he demon­strated we can hold the seat.

‘He did quite well, get­ting 15% and fin­ish­ing third ahead of Fine Gael and Sinn Féin and he had a good, solid cam­paign and peo­ple were en­er­gised around him. I think there’s mo­men­tum there and we can keep that go­ing. He’s young enough to hold it for a num­ber of years.’

Re­flect­ing on his time as a TD, he said: ‘I en­joyed it and I’ll miss it. I’ve been full­time at it since 2007 and the man­ner of my work­ing is that I had seven or eight clin­ics ev­ery week so I was on the ground and in touch with peo­ple all the time and I was driven by the prob­lems I was en­coun­ter­ing on a weekly ba­sis, in terms of what could be done na­tion­ally. I en­joyed those en­coun­ters with con­stituents and we had a laugh and a bit of fun at those clin­ics too.’

In the run up to the last elec­tion, Ryan was tar­geted by wa­ter charge pro­test­ers who reg­u­larly turned up at his clin­ics. He said that pe­riod was ‘tough’, par­tic­u­larly for his fam­ily but ul­ti­mately he was elected and ‘faced down the bul­lies’, he said.

Deputy Bren­dan Ryan TD and Cllr Dun­can Smith.

Bren­dan Ryan TD with the man that will bid to hold his seat for Labour, Cllr Dun­can Smith.

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