FF try to lure Kerry hero Darragh O Se for Dail run
KERRY football hero Darragh O Se has been approached by Fianna Fail to contest the next general election in the new five-seat Kerry constituency.
Senior party figures are also understood to have approached Independent TD Tom Fleming in a bid to lure him back to the fold.
Mr Fleming left the party before the last general election in February 2011 and ran as an Independent after failing to secure a nomination.
Six-times All-Ireland winner O Se, who works as an auctioneer, is the latest high-profile figure to have been approached by the party.
The Ventry native told the Irish Independent he would not be making any comment at this time. His famous uncle, Paidi O Se, was keeping equally tight-lipped.
"I'll let Darragh be accounting for himself," he said.
However, a Fianna Fail insider said there was not a footballer in Kerry who had not been approached by a political party to run for elections.
Fianna Fail is eager to reverse its fortunes in the county, following its disastrous showing in the last election when it was left with no representative in either the South Kerry or Kerry North-West Limerick constituencies for the first time since the foundation of the State.
Former Ceann Chomhairle John O'Donoghue, who will be proposed as PRO of the new party organisation in the county today, has announced his intention to return to national politics.
Mr O'Donoghue is the agreed name to go forward for the role, though applications for more than 200 new party members who would have had a say were refused.
Senator Mark Daly said he was "disappointed" that the applications had been knockedback, and was still trying to get answers from Fianna Fail secretary general Sean Dorgan.
Former Kerry North TD Tom McEllistrim has not gone away either, and has been canvassing in south Kerry in recent months.