Declan Doocey seeks selection to contest next general election

Declan Doocey seeks selection to contest next general election

Local Fine Gael Councillor, Declan Doocey, is seeking to contest the next general election.

Cllr. Doocey has been a member of Fine Gael serving the Dungarvan/Lismore district since he was first elected to Waterford County Council in 2004.

The Fine Gael National Executive Council will select candidates to contest the next general election on Monday, April 15th at the Granville Hotel, Waterford.

Cllr. Doocey will be contesting beside already existing Waterford Senator John Cummins.


Declan is married to his wife Rita and has two adult children, Aaron and Audrey. The family has amassed over 100 years of service to Fine Gael, holding numerous positions.

The local Councillor also provides a collection service for waste farm plastics in Waterford County and surrounding areas. He runs this company with his wife and has done so since 1999.

Cllr. Doocey came under scrutiny in recent times for expenses incurred by Waterford City and County Council.

He was brought to the High Court by Waterford Council for allegedly storing over 5,300 tonnes of toxic waste on the land where he runs a recycling company dealing with farm plastic near his home.


According to a report by The Journal, the State auditor has suggested Waterford Council target the expenses of Deputy Mayor Declan Doocey to help recoup a €700,000 landfill bill.

He was accused of breaching environmental protection laws by the local authority under sections 57 and 58 of the Waste Management Act.

The case was settled in 2021 - without the court making a judgment against either party - and the council has since carried out works to clean up the site running to a total of €739,000.

There were also legal costs of €39,000 incurred by the council in High Court proceedings.

More on this as it develops.

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