Sunday 23 July 2017

Fianna Fail 'will be a very big party in the Dail' - Conor Lenihan

Conor Lenihan
Conor Lenihan
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Fianna Fail could be the biggest party in the next Dail, former Minister Conor Lenihan has said.

Speaking on RTE's 'Today with Sean O'Rourke' programme earlier today, Mr Lenihan told broadcaster Keelin Shanley that local election results had shown the growing strength of the party.

"People [who] are rightly angry at the previous Fianna Fail government, but it's very clear from the Local Election results, which Micheal Martin can take a great deal of credit for, is that in fact the party emerged as the biggest political party," he said.

"The party not just bounced back but became the biggest party in the country.

"I believe that result alone would indicate it will be a very big party in the Dail," he said.

Lenihan, who is the brother of the late former Finance Minister Brian Lenihan, said he would be "delighted" to serve in the Dail again, should he contest the election in the Roscommon constituency and get elected.

He expects Fianna Fail will make a decision on his prosposed candidacy in the next month.

Prior to 2011, Mr Lenihan served as TD in the Dublin south-west constituency

"I was very honoured, anybody who was elected to the Dail should fee enormously honoured and privileged to be included in the Dail.

"I would be delighted to serve again."

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