Murdered prison officer's son plans to run for FF
The son of murdered prison officer Brian Stack has begun gauging support within Fianna Fáil about a potential run in the upcoming general or European elections.
Austin Stack is understood to be interested in putting his name forward at an upcoming selection convention.
He expressed interest in entering politics at a recent meeting with Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin and is believed to favour a tilt at the European elections in 2019 in the Midlands-North-West constituency.
Mr Stack confirmed that he has nearly completed his period in the prison service and will "look at all of my options at the appropriate time".
He added: "I have always had a strong interest in community and voluntary issues and have also done a lot of peace-building work behind the scenes. These are the things that interest and motivate me."
Fianna Fáil effectively has no representation in the parliament after Ireland South MEP Brian Crowley quit the ALDE group, of which Fianna Fáil is an affiliate.
Although Mr Crowley remains a member of Fianna Fáil, he is aligned to the European Conservatives and Reformists Group (ECR), which is seen as being eurosceptic.
Paralysed from the waist down, Mr Crowley has not attended the parliament since 2014 because he has been hospital-bound.
His substitute, Kieran Hartley, has repeatedly called on Fianna Fáil leader Mr Martin to intervene.
However, senior party figures have completely dismissed Mr Hartley's calls.