Fianna Fail 'holding their own' outside of Dublin - John McGuinness
Public Accounts Committee chairman John McGuinness said Fianna Fáil appears to be "holding their own" and in some cases improving in the rural constituencies.
"There has been some disappointment I understand in Dublin in terms of the council seats and the two by elections have not gone our way is what I understand from the early tallies," said Mr McGuinness as he arrived at the Springhill Court Hotel count centre on his home turf.
His son Andrew McGuinness is topping the poll in the Kilkenny City - East District with 14.8pc of the vote, as predicted, from the early tallies.
"I put in a lot of hard work and so did he in the city, since my election to the Dail and his election to the Council. The results of that work has come back in terms of support for the candidates," said the TD.
Mr McGuinness has already served notice on Fianna Fáil leader Micheal Martin to take over the helm of the party.
"I have an interest in the leadership of Fianna Fáil, anyone ambition within the party has the same ambition and desire but it is too early to talk about that," said Mr McGuinness, adding time was needed to reflect on the results and see what the party needs to do to rebuild.
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