Martin hits out at FF old guard in Seanad
FIANNA Fail leader Micheal Martin struck back last night against the older Fianna Fail senators who are insisting on going forward for re-election against his wishes.
He issued a 'top 10' list of his favoured candidates for Fianna Fail TDs, senators and councillors to vote for in next month's Seanad elections.
It features predominately younger candidates -- and excluded all of the older Fianna Fail senators who are still left in the race.
But his plans to get younger candidates who could subsequently become TDs into the Seanad suffered a blow after it emerged that three other candidates were being nominated by Fianna Fail party members.
The three -- senators Martin Brady and Diarmuid Wilson, and former Sligo-North Leitrim TD Eamon Scanlon -- could not be contacted for comment last night.
And in a further setback for Fianna Fail, it emerged last night that it had been forced to give up its hold on the meeting room on the fifth floor of Leinster House to Fine Gael.
Fianna Fail had resisted giving up the room, but Fine Gael argued that it was entitled to it because it was now the largest party in the Dail. Fianna Fail will now have to move into Fine Gael's meeting room.
Mr Martin also announced yesterday that former Finance Minister Brian Lenihan would become deputy leader in place of Mary Hanafin, who lost her seat in the general election.