FG bids to add ex-Labour councillor to ticket
There is growing unease among Fine Gael members in Cork East over the party headquarters' decision to approach a former Labour councillor about joining the General Election ticket.
The addition of Labour's Cork County Councillor Noel McCarthy to the ticket would directly impact on sitting TD Tom Barry's chance of re-election, as they share the same vote base between Mallow and Fermoy, according to informed sources.
Mr Barry's camp is understood to be "infuriated" over the approach to Mr McCarthy, who quit the Labour Party a week ago. Mr Barry yesterday praised Mr McCarthy's work as a councillor but called for clarity on the issue. "We need some certainty and Fine Gael HQ needs to make their mind up because speculation has been continuing for far too long," Mr Barry told he Irish Independent.
It is also understood Mr McCarthy has been approached by Shane Ross's Independent Alliance about running for his grouping.
Mr McCarthy said he was considering his options but had not made up his mind.