Senator claims campaign to cost him votes
A Fianna Fáil senator has claimed to be the victim of an "orchestrated campaign" designed to cost him votes ahead of the Seanad elections.
Mark Daly made the allegation in a letter to councillors ahead of the deadline for voting on Friday.
"I am very concerned about what now appears to be an orchestrated, coordinated campaign to ensure I don't get re-elected, so I really need colleagues like yourself to stand by me at this worrying time with your support and number one vote on the Administrative panel," Mr Daly wrote.
While Mr Daly did not name any individuals behind the alleged campaign, it is understood he is referring to senior party figures.
A number of councillors are believed to have told him they have been directed to instead vote for former councillor Mary Fitzpatrick.
A party spokesman said: "Mark is a valued member of the Fianna Fáil parliamentary party and is expected to do exceptionally well in the upcoming Seanad election.
"There is no question of any campaign to prevent his election and he has not made us aware of his concerns about any such campaign".