Paddy Holohan will run as a Sinn Féin local election candidate for Tallaght South.
At a Sinn Féin selection convention on Wednesday night, it was decided Councillor Cathal King would contest in the Tallaght Central electoral area rather than Tallaght South which he has represented since 2003. That move came about after it was announced Councillor Brendan Ferron, who currently represents Tallaght Central, would not run in May's elections.
King's switch left an opening in Tallaght South. Former UFC fighter Holohan has stepped in. Along with Councillors Louise Dunne and Dermot Richardson, he will run in the ward.
"I couldn't think of a more committed and enthusiastic member of our community to take on this challenge," Cathal King is quoted as saying in a post on the Tallaght Sinn Féin Facebook page.
"Paddy is a committed Republican and a community activist and has always lended his hand and used his fame in the sporting world to help out local charities, groups and schools over the years.
"When I approached him to run and despite his busy schedule, he didn't hesitate to say yes with his usual infectious enthusiasm."
Proud to chair the selection convention of @PaddyHolohanMMA as the @sinnfeinireland Candidate in Tallaght South with my friend and Comrade Cathal King selected for Tallaght Central. Want to wish @BrendanFerronSF best as he steps down as a candidate but continues with the party pic.twitter.com/7M1hnU0mCM
— Mark Ward (@Wardy1916) February 13, 2019
"I have always said, this is my home and I would never leave it," said Holohan.
"I live here with my partner and two young boys and I am invested in our community and want to see it thrive for my family and for everyone around here."
The 30-year-old was forced to retire from MMA three years ago due to a rare blood disorder.
The 2019 local elections take place on May 24th.
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