Byrne's Europe run
Published 06/03/2014 | 02:30
FIANNA Fail Senator Thomas Byrne has formally declared as a candidate in the European elections.
The Meath-based senator had initially ruled himself out as a candidate in the Midlands-North West constituency, however, he came under major pressure from the party leadership.
"I have been hugely encouraged by the level of support offered to me from across the country asking me to consider running for Europe," he told the Irish Independent last night.
Mr Byrne lost his seat during Fianna Fail's disastrous election in 2011. However, he was subsequently elected to the Seanad and put in a solid performance in the Meath East by-election, securing over 9,500 votes.
FF MEMBERS UPSET
A DISGRUNTLED group of Fianna Fail members are today due to stage a protest outside the party's headquarters in a row over candidate selection.
The group, made up of members from the Rathkeale branch in Limerick, claims to have been misled by party headquarters in relation to its local election strategy.
The row centres around barrister Emmet O'Brien, who failed to be selected at a recent convention after a party decision to put forward three candidates prior to any vote. He will now consider running as an Independent.