Mitchell to retire from Dáil as constituency redrawn
Dublin Fine Gael stalwart received highest vote of any female candidate in 2011 election
Fine Gael TD Olivia Mitchell: will confirm her intention not to contest the forthcoming party selection convention for the Dublin-Rathdown constituency today. Photograph: Eric Luke
Ms Mitchell will confirm her intention not to contest the forthcoming party selection convention for the Dublin-Rathdown constituency.
She was unavailable for comment last night, but has formally told party headquarters of her decision.
Ms Mitchell (68) was first elected to the Dáil in 1997 and received the highest vote of any female candidate in the 2011 general election.
Fine Gael will now have four candidates to stand at convention, including former minister for justice Alan Shatter.
A date has been set for October 2nd, with nomination papers distributed last week.
Fine Gael is said to be in favour of a two-candidate strategy because the constituency has been reduced from five seats to three.
Independent TD Shane Ross, Labour Minister Alex White and Independent TD Peter Mathews are all seeking re-election in Dublin-Rathdown.