F.F.'s Hogan Rubbishes 'Not Standing' Claim

Fianna Fail Councillor John Hogan this week rubbished a claim that he would not be seeking the Fianna Fail nomination to contest the forthcoming general election at the party's selection convention in The Ragg on Friday night.

Fianna Fail Councillor John Hogan this week rubbished a claim that he would not be seeking the Fianna Fail nomination to contest the forthcoming general election at the party's selection convention in The Ragg on Friday night.

The Moyne man is one of three candidates seeking the nomination. Nenagh-based,sitting Deputy, Maire Hoctor, and Councillor Michael Smith from Roscrea, are the other candidates.

Only one candidate will be selected and Deputy Hoctor this week has indicated that if unsuccessful at the convention, she will not seek to be added to "the ticket" later (see page2).

On Monday a prominent Fianna Fail figure phoned the Tipperary Star to say that Councillor Hogan would not be letting his name go forward at the convention, paving the way for a head-to-head between Deputy Hoctor and Councillor Smith.

When contacted by the Tipperary Star, Councillor Hogan rubbished this suggestion, but said he was not going to get involved in "this silly kind of carry-on". "We have far more important issues to deal with than to be starting this kind of messing", he added.

Full report in this week's Tipperary Star.