Former UFC fighter Paddy Holohan announced as Sinn Féin candidate for Tallaght South
The former UFC fighter Paddy Holohan was unveiled as a candidate on Wednesday.
Former UFC fighter Paddy Holohan will be representing Sinn Féin in local elections in the Tallaght South constituency, it has been revealed.
Holohan grew up in Jobston, Tallaght, and will be one of five candidates contesting the two Tallaght wards of South and Central in local elections.
Speaking about the news, Councillor Cathal King said: "I couldn't think of a more committed and enthusiastic member of our community to take on this challenge.
"Paddy is a committed Republican and a community activist and has always lended his hand and used his fame in the sporting world to help out local charities, groups and schools over the years.
"When I approached him to run, despite his busy schedule, he didn't hesitate to say yes with his usual infectious enthusiasm.
Holohan spoke about how proud he felt to be given this opportunity, saying: "I have always said, this is my home and I would never leave it.
"I live here with my partner and two young boys and I am invested in our community and want to see it thrive for my family and for everyone around here."
Holohan was forced to retire from his MMA career at the age of 27 due to a missing component in his blood called Factor XIII, which is part of the blood coagulation system.