One FF candidate to run in Tipp North
FIANNA Fail has decided to run just one candidate in Tipperary North in next year's general election following a meeting of party representatives.
Delegates at the party meeting in The Ragg, Thurles, voted by just a solitary vote, 13 to 12, to put forward just one candidate in the upcoming election.
Fianna Fail's party faithful debated at length two proposals: the first, a proposal to allow three candidates to run and the second, to just allow a single name to go on the party ticket.
In the end, the decision came down to a vote, with the proposal to run just one candidate narrowly getting the nod.
It means sitting North Tipperary TD, Maire Hoctor, and Fianna Fail county councillors, Michael Smith Jnr and John Hogan, look set to contest the party nomination at the party's re-scheduled selection convention on January 28 next.
Commenting on the decision, Ms Hoctor said she would abide by the decision of the party and that it was her full intention to stand for the party in the next election.
"It is my full intention to seek a nomination to run in the upcoming General Election and I hope that I will receive the endorsement of the party faithful to fight the election and secure a seat in North Tipperary/South Offaly ," she said.
The former junior minister also made it clear that she would abide by the decision of the party at the convention and confirmed that she would not seek to be added onto the party ticket if not selected.
Meanwhile, Fine Gael parliamentary party chairman Padraic McCormack last night announced his retirement after failing to win a nomination to run for the party in the 2011 General Election.
The veteran Galway West TD's retirement means all three Fine Gael TDs in the county will not be running in the next general election.
The party's deputies in Galway East, Paul Connaughton and Ulick Burke, already announced their intention to stand down.