Moynihan a Ceann Comhairle frontrunner
Published 04/03/2016 | 02:30
Fianna Fáil is to select its nominee for the vacant Ceann Comhairle position on Monday ahead of next week's much anticipated vote.
Four TDs are in the running: Michael Moynihan (Cork North West), Seán Ó Fearghaíl (Kildare South), Brendan Smith (Cavan/Monaghan) and Pat 'The Cope' Gallagher (Donegal).
During yesterday's party meeting, Mr Gallagher outlined a number of proposals he would pursue if elected.
These include a new procedure whereby the party leaders meet each week to decide the order of Dáil business.
His proposals also include changes to prevent ministers sending in their junior counterparts during topical issues to read prepared scripts, and a review of the Friday sittings.
But senior party sources have described Mr Moynihan as the frontrunner.
Other deputies who have expressed an interest in the post are Fine Gael's Fergus O'Dowd, Independent TD John Halligan and Sinn Féin's Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin.
And last night it emerged that Labour's Brendan Howlin is also considering putting his name forward.
All of the candidates will address TDs in the Dáil chamber for five minutes before a vote takes place by way of secret ballot.