In brief: Martin refuses to concede defeat
FIANNA Fail leader Micheal Martin last night insisted he is not conceding election defeat -- despite one of his backbenchers admitting the party is "going to be in opposition".
With growing opinion poll evidence suggesting his party is heading for the opposition benches, Mr Martin told party workers during a visit to Waterford that the campaign is a "challenging" one for Fianna Fail, but said a lot could happen in the next week.
However, Waterford TD Brendan Kenneally told local members they had to be realistic and urged them to do all they could to ensure he retained his Dail seat. "We're not codding ourselves here," he said.
"We know we're not going to be in government. We know we're going to be in opposition but we have to have a credible opposition and the only way we're going to have a credible opposition is by having as many Fianna Fail TDs as possible, and that means we have to have a Fianna Fail TD in Waterford."
Afterwards, Mr Martin told reporters he did not agree with Mr Kenneally's assessment. "My view right throughout this election campaign has been about maximising the Fianna Fail seats and maximising the Fianna Fail vote so I'm not conceding anything at this stage."
Call for Midwives Bill to be changed
A COALITION of groups promoting better maternity services yesterday called on the incoming government to change proposed legislation that will make it more difficult for independent midwives to work and for women to have home births.
Campaign spokeswoman Marie O'Connor said the Nurses and Midwives Bill -- which was stalled due to the dissolution of the Government -- would make it more difficult for midwives to get insurance.
Midwives who operate without insurance face a fine of €160,000 or up to 10 years in jail.
Hopeful to tackle RTE on coverage
AN independent candidate is taking a legal challenge to RTE's policy on election coverage.
Dublin city councillor Cieran Perry accused the state broadcaster of breaching the principle of fairness established by the courts.
He said the broadcaster's policy of presenting some candidates as "also-rans" was in breach of the spirit of the High Court and Supreme Court judgments in relation to fair treatment.