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Saturday 20 September 2014

Martin denies FF leadership under threat

Daniel McConnell, Group Political Correspondent

Published 25/04/2014 | 15:06

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Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin abolished the Groceries Order in 2005 when he was Enterprise Minister
Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin

Fianna Fáil leader Micheal Martin has denied his leadership is in question, despite his party's woeful standing in the opinion polls in Dublin.

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Speaking at a party manifesto launch this morning, Mr Martin said he "did not agree" with former Minister Mary Hanfafin who earlier this week described the party's support of 9 per cent  in Dublin as "brutal".

There has been increasing disquiet with the party over its failure to capitalise on various scandals to engulf the Government in recent months, and many see the local and European elections as make or break for Mr Martin.

Mr Martin said that the party is "way behind" the other main parties in terms of support but that he is confident that the party will have a good election on May 23.

He also rejected criticisms made of him by former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern, first revealed by the Irish Independent.

The party's MEP candidate, Mary Fitzpatrick, who repeatedly clashed with Mr Ahern when he was still a TD, said she did not share his views but said she would "gladly accept his vote."

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