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'Why do I bother me b****x!!!' says boxer-turned-councillor Kenneth Egan

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Former Olympic boxer Kenneth Egan already had his election literature ready to go yesterday when he declared his intention to run for Fine Gael. Picture: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.

Former Olympic boxer Kenneth Egan already had his election literature ready to go yesterday when he declared his intention to run for Fine Gael. Picture: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.

Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

Kenneth Egan with Minister for Children Frances Fitzgerald at the Louis Fitzgerald Hotel, Dublin, where he declared his intention to run for Fine Gael in the forthcoming local elections. Picture: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.

Kenneth Egan with Minister for Children Frances Fitzgerald at the Louis Fitzgerald Hotel, Dublin, where he declared his intention to run for Fine Gael in the forthcoming local elections. Picture: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.

Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

Kenneth Egan

Kenneth Egan

Former Olympic boxer Kenneth Egan already had his election literature ready to go yesterday when he declared his intention to run for Fine Gael. Picture: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.

OLYMPIC boxing hero and politician Kenneth Egan appeared to be struggling to adapt to his new role yesterday after a foul-mouthed post on his Twitter account.

The 32-year-old Clondalkin representative caused a stir on social media with a tweet saying: "Why do I bother my b****x!!!"

The post was hastily deleted, and then quickly explained away in a further tweet.

"Got it off my chest, just a rant. All good, have a great day people," the follow-up read.

The Fine Gael councillor later apologised for the use of colourful language.

"Apologies for the bad language earlier, might not happen again," he said.

When contacted by the Herald last night the ex-boxer said: "No story pal."

He was asked if he would like to chat about the tweets but said: "Negative."

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The boxer's candidacy for the local elections were announced with great fanfare by then Children's Minister and local TD Frances Fitzgerald.

He admitted at the time that he knew little about politics and said that young people view politicians as "bad news and gangsters".

Upon taking his council seat, this summer the Olympic silver medallist said that the experience of going through an election count was nerve wracking.

"It was like Olympic final time again," he said.

The boxer secured one of the eight available seats in Clondalkin despite not reaching the requisite quota.

He retired from boxing last year after being beaten to the Irish title. Egan had previously won the title ten times.

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