Tuesday 27 September 2016

Fianna Fáil to 'investigate' bitter stand-off between rival party canvassers in Dublin

Published 24/02/2016 | 14:18

Fianna Fáil's Lorraine Clifford-Lee. Photo: Gerry Mooney
Fianna Fáil's Lorraine Clifford-Lee. Photo: Gerry Mooney

FIANNA Fail has promised to "look into" circumstances surrounding a bitter stand-off between rival party canvassers in Dublin.

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The party's environment spokesman Barry Cowen today sought to downplay the incident earlier this week where a woman candidate, Lorraine Clifford-Lee, says she was verbally abused by supporters of her running mate, Senator Darragh O'Brien.

Both candidates are standing in five-seat Fingal, which was previously known as Dublin North, and where Fianna Fáil currently have no sitting TD.

Mr Cowen said the party had two really good candidates in the constituency and both were fighting to win a Dáil seat. He said the incident was being investigated.

"Well, the party is looking into it," he said when questioned about more specific details of any investigation.

Party officials said they expected both candidates to work together to maximise the vote.

Mr Cowen, who was launching his party's document on "Spreading the Recovery" said all of the party's 71 candidates in the 40 constituencies were standing with a determination to win.

Ms Clifford-Lee said she was described as "a blow-in" and that her supporters were intimidated in the incident on Limetree Avenue in Portmarnock on Monday.

Political sources said tensions are mounting in the final 48 hours of the canvass and the rivalry within parties is extremely strong.

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