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Wednesday 23 August 2017

Jack and Jill founder to run in next election

CHARITY boss Jonathan Irwin said he was so fed up with cronyism in politics that he has decided to run in the next election.

The CEO of the Jack and Jill Foundation has revealed he will be seeking election in the Kildare-South constituency, when the ballot is expected to be held in 2016.

He made the announcement in the Merrion Hotel yesterday where he was launching his autobiography, Jack and Jill: The Story of Jonathan Irwin.

The book details Mr Iwrin's life including his highs as the CEO of Goffs and the lows, when three of his children died.

Mr Irwin (72) said that he had never been as disappointed with a government before. "I think like all of us, when this coalition came along, we really thought it was a new Ireland. And, unfortunately all it is, is the same old, same old," he said

Big-hearted

Businessman Denis O'Brien, a long-time friend of Mr Irwin, was speaking at the book launch and described Mr O'Brien him as "an extraordinary big-hearted person".

He revealed that they first met through his father's work, and found him to be "such a decent person".

"I think the greatest attribute was the fact that Jonathan gave up an unbelievably successful business career to go and set up his own social entrepreneurship organisation Jack and Jill," Mr O'Brien added.

lbyrne@herald.ie

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