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Fine Gael woos former IFA president

FINE Gael is trying to get former IFA president Padraig Walshe to run in the General Election in an effort to repeat the success of fellow former farm leader Tom Parlon.

Mr Walshe is based in Laois-Offaly, which is also where Mr Parlon became a PD TD in 2002, after originally being approached by Fine Gael.

Fine Gael is trying to win three seats in Taoiseach Brian Cowen's home patch, but has been weakened by the decision of sitting TD Olwyn Enright to resign for family reasons.

Mr Walshe told the Irish Independent he was approached but had yet to be convinced by Fine Gael about becoming a candidate.

"I have been approached but I have no decision made. I don't think it's likely at this stage."

Meanwhile, Clare's All-Ireland winning hurling captain Anthony Daly has been mentioned as a potential Fianna Fail candidate to replace Defence Minister Tony Killeen.

Local party sources said the current Dublin hurling manager was being spoken of, but was not interested in running and would not be a candidate.

Irish Independent