Ryan indicates he will ‘probably not’ contest local election

John Ryan pic

Burnfoot councillor annoyed by comments on social media

BURNFOOT councillor John Ryan (above) has indicated that he may not contest the local elections next May despite being selected by his party to stand last month.

Speaking at the last meeting of the Inishowen Electoral Area before the elections on Tuesday in Carn, Cllr. Ryan revealed that he would “probably not” be contesting the next local election.

Cllr. Ryan, who got 1,321 first preference votes in the 2009 county council elections and ran in the 2011 General Elections for Fine Gael, said he hadn’t completely made up his mind yet but he said he would “more than likely” not be standing in May.

The Fine Gael councillor was addressing the meeting about an incident arising from last Monday’s council meeting in Lifford when Sinn Féin councillor, Jack Murray, criticised the fact that the meeting had to be adjourned because there was not enough councillors present via his Facebook page when he revealed the news about his potential retirement from local politics.

The Burnfoot man said he was annoyed about the comments that were posted on the social media site, especially given the fact a number of councillors had valid reasons for being absent.

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