Fine Gael Councillor James Geoghegan says he "never said" he lives in Ranelagh 2 months ago

Fine Gael Councillor James Geoghegan says he "never said" he lives in Ranelagh

"We will just clarify this. I don't live in Ranelagh, I grew up in Ranelagh."

Fine Gael Dublin Bay South by-election candidate and Councillor James Geoghegan has said that he "never said" he lives in Ranelagh.

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Geoghegan was questioned as to why he "keeps telling people he lives in Ranelagh" during a virtual public meeting on Tuesday evening.

In the video via The Ditch on Twitter, Geoghegan was asked why he and Fine Gael "represent" the Councillor as living in Ranelagh.

"I don't live in Ranelagh just to stop you there. I don't think there is a communication that I live in Ranelagh, I grew up in Ranelagh," Geoghegan responded.

"I don't represent myself as [living in Ranelagh] - I've never said I live in Ranelagh," he continued.

Responding to the claim that the Fine Gael website had represented Geoghegan as living in the constituency, he said that the website does not say that and if it ever did it was "an error".

The Fine Gael website currently says that he "grew up in Ranelagh", however, as of Wednesday 26 May it does not say that he lives in the area.

"We will just clarify this. I don't live in Ranelagh, I grew up in Ranelagh. It doesn't say on the website, and if it did at any point say on the website, that was an error," he added.

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"I do not live in Ranelagh. I'm not on the website right now but if it does I'll get it changed."

Geoghegan announced his candidacy earlier this month as former Fine Gael TD in the same constituency, Kate O’Connell, made headlines when she announced that she would not be putting her name forward.

O'Connell said at the time that she had refrained from running as some within the party did not want her to.