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Tuesday, 28th November 2023

Nash pays tribute to O’Dowd as he retires from politics

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Labour Deputy for Louth and East Meath, Ged Nash, has paid tribute to his constituency colleague, Fine Gael TD Fergus O’Dowd, who announced yesterday that he will not be standing in the next general election.

I want to take the opportunity to wish Fergus, Agnes and all the O’Dowd family well into the future.

Deputy O’Dowd has been a constant and enduring presence in politics and public life in Drogheda and Louth and East Meath since the 1970s.

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Fergus has represented Drogheda, Louth and East Meath with enormous commitment and distinction since he was first elected to Drogheda Corporation in 1974.

He can count many achievements during his political career, none more important than the role he played in exposing scandalous failures in the care of older citizens in residential settings and the work he did in campaigning for significant reforms in the regulation of the care sector.

After a lifetime of service to the public and when this current mandate comes to an end, I have no doubt that Fergus will continue to play an active role in the life of our community.

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