In a statement released by the Fine Gael on Wednesday, McHugh said he made the decision for family reasons.
“The reason for this is simple,” the statement said. “I have three children. As they get older, I want to be more around and available to them. Politics is a 24/7 job and absolutely I have done everything I can to politics throughout my career. It is my greatest honor to serve as a TD on behalf of the Donegal people of Doyle Airan.
“I’ve always been devoted to my role as a public representative, and this is no different in Dale today, but I want to focus more on my family life after the next election,” he said.
McHugh is under strong local pressure on the mica issue, and campaign participants are demanding that the state bear the full cost of home restoration or reconstruction.
He has influenced government debates about relief schemes aimed at covering almost all costs for affected residents, but activists have told all affected people. We continue to demand “100% relief”. Discussions within the government on the scheme continue.
McHugh has been ill in the past year but is understood to have recovered.
His decision to retire will end a political career that seemed destined to be characterized by a long stay in the Cabinet. Deputy Secretary from 2014, he was a close ally of Leo Varadkar. Mr. Balladkar Became the leader of the Fine Gael and the Prime Minister of Ireland, Mr. McHugh was appointed Prime Minister of the Government.
The following year, when Denis Naughten’s resignation left a vacancy in all cabinet positions, he became Minister of Education.
However, when the current administration was established in 2020, Mr. Balladkar’s cabinet number was tighter and McHugh was one of the defeated.
He declined the offer for vice minister and instead Oireachtas European Union Affairs Committee.
McHugh is married to former Fine Gael TD Olwyn Enright. She gave up Laois-Offaly’s seat in 2011, shortly after the couple’s second child was born.
https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/fine-gael-td-joe-mchugh-will-not-contest-next-general-election-1.4869183?localLinksEnabled=false Fine Gael TD Joe McHugh will not run for the next general election