Friday 28 July 2017

FF councillors defy chiefs to back Davis

Fiach Kelly Political Correspondent

FIANNA FAIL councillors will today defy party bosses by backing Independent candidate Mary Davis instead of giving Dana the support of one of the four councils she needs to get into the presidential race.

The possibility of allowing Dana and David Norris into the race for the Aras will be voted on by numerous county councils between today and close of nominations at noon on Wednesday.

Ms Davis has the support of 12 so far, and Limerick County Council is expected to formally ratify a provisional commitment already given to support her later today.

But senior Fianna Fail figures attempted to get their Limerick councillors to switch their support, with one local source saying they wanted the council to support Dana rather than Ms Davis.

"She has plenty at this stage, so we wanted Dana in," the source said.

Ms Davis has been criticised for not freeing up the extra councils who backed her once she had the required four.

Her decision not to release some councils also irked Fianna Failers in Leinster House, with some accusing her of being selfish.

A spokeswoman for Ms Davis insisted it was left up the councillors themselves to decide what to do.

Michael Collins, Fianna Fail leader on Limerick County Council, said they would be sticking with Ms Davis and would be supporting her at the council vote today.

Ms Davis's fellow Independent candidate Sean Gallagher released surplus councils who supported him, paving the way for Dana and Mr Norris to get in the race.

A raft of councils will meet between this morning and close of nominations on Wednesday.

Irish Independent

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