Will support Crosby campaign
A Strokestown man who ran for the Dáil in 2014 says “extremely damaging, hurtful and malicious lies” which he claims were spread about him led to his being hospitalised.
Describing politics as “a very dirty game”, Emmett Corcoran says he has now decided not to contest next year’s local elections.
Instead, he is publicly supporting former councillor Tom Crosby, who lost his seat in 2014 but who is now planning a political comeback.
Emmett Corcoran and Tom Crosby issued a joint statement this week.
In that statement, Mr. Corcoran said: “Since my Dáil bid, I have continued working in the community and building my businesses. I’ve always seen community work as being the catalyst to getting things done in rural areas, but some see it as a place to consolidate power and stifle progress.
“I have become acutely aware that politics can be a very dirty game”.
Mr. Corcoran alleged that there have been “extremely damaging, hurtful and malicious lies” spread about him, his businesses and his family by people “who pretend to have the interests of others at heart”. He added that “the lies were so vile” he ended up in hospital because of the resulting stress. Mr. Corcoran did not elaborate on the nature of the alleged campaign against him.
“Thankfully with the support of my family and friends I’m working through these health issues and getting myself back on track”.
He added: “In order to protect my family and my business interests and the livelihoods of those working in my businesses I have taken the decision not to run in the local elections”.
He has now pledged his support to Tom Crosby, calling on people to elect “a competent, hard-working and successful businessman back onto Roscommon County Council”.
Tom Crosby wholeheartedly accepted Mr. Corcoran’s endorsement, saying: “Emmett and I have been talking for some time about how we should best approach the elections and while I’m confident we’d have taken two seats if we ran together, I respect his decision not to run and I know well we will work well together to do all we can for this area”.