Toireasa Ferris Reluctantly Withdraws from General Election Race

In the News: Cllr. Toiréasa Ferris and her dad, Deputy Martin Ferris made a presentation of an All-Ireland Gaelic Football medal to Sinn Féin party leader and Dubs supporter Mary Lou McDonald, TD at the Rural Revival Conference at the River Island Hotel in Castleisland last November. ©Photograph: John Reidy 24-11-2018

At a packed meeting of Kerry Sinn Féin members at Kerins O’Rahilly’s clubhouse in Tralee last night, Cllr Toireasa Ferris announced that she was regrettably withdrawing her candidature as a general election candidate due to health concerns.

A Very Difficult Decision

“This has been a very difficult decision to make but I have had a number of health issues recently, and while they have ultimately turned out not to be serious at this stage, I have been advised to make changes to the pace of my life before symptoms became established,” said Ms. Ferris.

A Looming Election

“The timing of this announcement is not what I would have wished, but with a looming election and to be fair to party members and the electorate I had to make this decision, which I have struggled over, now.

New Convention Date to be Announced

“I would like to thank the membership once again for their faith in me and I know that whoever the candidate will be, will work their utmost for the people of Kerry.”

Kerry Sinn Féin will announce a new date for convention shortly.

Party members locally admit that the announcement by Cllr. Ferris came as ‘a bit of a bombshell’ and not what they were expecting from the well attended, frank and positive meeting.

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