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Senator John Dardis to chair PDs' election campaign

Monday 5th March 2007

PD Senator John Dardis has accepted the Tánaiste's invitation to chair the Party's election campaign team.
The Kildare South Senator, who is currently chairman of the Parliamentary Party, will not now contest the forthcoming General Election.

Senator John Dardis to chair PDs' election campaign team

Will not contest General Election

 

PD Senator John Dardis has accepted the Tánaiste's invitation to chair the Party's election campaign team.

The Kildare South Senator, who is currently chairman of the Parliamentary Party, will not now contest the forthcoming General Election.

"I am firmly committed to working to see the Progressive Democrats returned in greater numbers to the next Dáil. That is why I am pleased to accept the Tánaiste's invitation to chair the Party's general election campaign team, where I can help to secure this goal," he said.

"I am confident that we will be part of the next Government so that having helped make Ireland good we can go on to make our country great."

Tánaiste Michael McDowell paid warm tribute to Senator Dardis' continuing service to the Party, with nearly 18 years of service in the Seanad and close to 10 as Deputy Government Leader of that House.

"I am delighted that John will now channel his energies into chairing our Party's election campaign team. He is a man of extraordinary political experience, who is widely respected and liked by all who have come into contact with him in the course of his long and distinguished career," he said.

Senator Dardis, who was National Chairman of the Progressive Democrats, has served on the Forum for Peace and Reconciliation, the National Forum on Europe, the All-party Committee of the Constitution and various Oireachtas Committees. He was a member of Kildare County Council for ten years.

Born in Newbridge, Co. Kildare, he was educated at the Dominican College, Newbridge and University College Dublin (BAgrSc). A former agricultural journalist, he is also a retired farmer.

The Senator said he was very grateful to his loyal team and to the electorate of Kildare for their support since he first stood for the European Parliament in 1989 and in the Dail, European and Council elections during the subsequent 18 years.

"They have stuck by me despite knowing how difficult is to secure a seat in a three-seat constituency. This was underlined in 1997, when despite securing the highest PD percentage vote in the country I was not elected to the Dáil. We had hoped that the most recent electoral boundary changes would result in a fourth seat for Kildare South but this did not happen."

 

 

For further information please contact Mary Minihan in the PDs press office on 01-6183615 or 087-1225140. Many thanks.

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