Wednesday 21 February 2018

Row erupts in Fianna Fail over decision to add candidate to Wicklow election ticket

Sean Dorgan, General Secretary of Fianna Fail
Sean Dorgan, General Secretary of Fianna Fail
Niall O'Connor

Niall O'Connor

A row has erupted in Fianna Fáil over the decision to add a candidate to the General Election ticket in the Wicklow constituency.

Last night, the party added Arklow-based barrister Pauric Hyland to the ticket in a move that infuriated the supporters of his constituency colleague, councillor Pat Casey.

Fianna Fáil had already selected Mr Casey and Dun Laoghaire councillor Jennifer Cuffe as their candidates in the five seat constituency.

But the move to add Mr Hyland, who has relatively low profile, infuriated Mr Casey’s supporters.

Sources have revealed that Mr Hyland contacted party headquarters this morning and said he no longer wants to remain on the ticket, in light of the tensions.

But it’s understood that Fianna Fáil General Secretary Séan Dorgan is attempting to persuade Mr Hyland to change his mind.

Mr Hyland could not be reached for comment today.

Fianna Fáil has all but completed its General Election ticket, bar in the Leitrim and Cavan/Monaghan constituencies.

The party's Ard Fheis is taking place in the City West in Dublin.

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