Veteran Fine Gael TD Dinny McGinley says he will not be contesting the Donegal South West constituency in the next General Election.

A TD for the past 24 years, he is currently the party's front bench spokesperson on Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs.

In a statement, Mr McGinley said he felt the time was right to pass the torch and that the Fine Gael organisation in the constituency was in very good condition.