EXCLUSIVE: Minister John Halligan ‘seriously contemplating retirement’
Waterford Independent TD and Minister of State John Halligan is seriously considering not contesting next month’s expected General Election.
A source close to Minister Halligan today revealed he “he is seriously contemplating retirement” and that he would reveal his decision later this week.
The source told WaterfordNow.ie: “There is nothing official yet. He will meet with his election team during the week and discuss it with them first. There will make a statement later in the week one way or the other.”
If Halligan makes the decision not to contest the next election, it will mean Waterford will have at least two new faces representing the constituency in the next Dáil.
Largely absentee TD John Deasy announced late last year that he would not be seeking re-election. His party and consituency rival, the sitting Senator and former minister Paudie Coffey, also recently announced his intention to step away from politics.
This leaves just Mary Butler and David Cullinane with previous Dáil experience seeking re-election in the upcoming election.
Waterford has been without a senior member of Cabinet since Martin Cullen served as Minister for Arts, Sport and Tourism between 2007 and 2010.
John Halligan was first elected to the Dáil in 2011. He was elected on the 11th count following a titanic battle with sitting Fianna Fáil TD Brendan Kenneally.
He regained his seat at the 2016 General Election, increasing his first preference votes by over 50%. He was later appointed Minister of State for Training and Skills by Taoiseach Leo Varadkar.