Verona Murphy has said she will decide by mid-January whether she will run as an independent candidate at the next general election.

Speaking to South East Radio, the now deselected Fine Gael general election candidate, said her remarks about migrants during the recent campaign had been misrepresented in the media. 

Ms Murphy said that during her tenure as president of the Road Haulage Association "everybody" had heard her talk about security issues around migrants and that she had been privy to information at various security briefings that concerned her. 

She said "do we have to wait for a London Bridge incident to happen on Wexford Bridge?" 

She said she was "silenced" when a media ban was placed on her by Fine Gael but that she accepted it because it was part of the party structure.

She said Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe came to Enniscorthy on Tuesday evening to inform her she was being deselected.  

Ms Murphy described the last six weeks as "harrowing" and said the campaign had taught her a lot.  

She said she is disappointed the people in south rural Wexford do not have a TD representing them and that she had increased the Fine Gael vote in the county. 

Asked about her relationship with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, she said she has not had any contact with him, the only person to contact her was Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney.

She said Fine Gael may have "disowned" her but that she wished everyone in the party a happy Christmas.  

Ms Murphy paid tribute to the people of Wexford and her campaign team and said she would "take stock" over Christmas and decide in the next few weeks whether she will stand again.


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Fine Gael deselects Verona Murphy as general election candidate