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Ó Fearghaíl's hopes of second term in Dáil role hang in balance

 

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Candidates: Sean Ó Fearghaíl (pictured) and Fine Gael's Bernard Durkan could be in the running to be Ceann Comhairle. Photo: Tom Burke

Candidates: Sean Ó Fearghaíl (pictured) and Fine Gael's Bernard Durkan could be in the running to be Ceann Comhairle. Photo: Tom Burke

Candidates: Sean Ó Fearghaíl (pictured) and Fine Gael's Bernard Durkan could be in the running to be Ceann Comhairle. Photo: Tom Burke

Outgoing Ceann Comhairle Sean Ó Fearghaíl has signalled an interest in serving a second term in the role - however Fianna Fáil's precarious Dáil numbers may ultimately rule him out of contention.

Mr Ó Fearghaíl was automatically returned to the Dáil as a Fianna Fáil TD for the constituency of Kildare South last weekend after serving as the chair of the 32nd Dáil for the past four years.

Mr Ó Fearghail was elected via a secret ballot in 2016 under reforms introduced through so-called new politics. His election broke with the tradition of the position of Dáil chairman being occupied by a government TD.