Taoiseach Brian Cowen not seeking re-election

AN Taoiseach Brian Cowen has ended speculation about his future by announcing that he will not be running for election in the Laois/Offaly constituency at the upcoming General Election.

AN Taoiseach Brian Cowen has ended speculation about his future by announcing that he will not be running for election in the Laois/Offaly constituency at the upcoming General Election.

Mr Cowen made the announcement this evening on Midlands 103 in an interview with Gearoid Keegan. He cited family reasons as the main reason behind his decision.

Fianna Fail's selection convention for Laois/Offaly will be held on Tuesday evening.

It is understood that the party, who have three sitting TD's in the constituency, will run just two candidates, one from each county.

However there is still a possibility that a third candidate may run.

Brain Cowen's brother Barry, an Offaly County Councillor, is widely tipped to take the place on the ballot paper. Sitting TD Sean Fleming is expected to be the candidate in Laois.