Fianna Fáil's official candidate in Longford held "extended talks" with Lucinda Creighton's Renua Ireland party about defecting to them, the Irish Independent can reveal.
Connie Gerety-Quinn, who was controversially selected as the Longford candidate last week at a prolonged and heated convention meeting, discussed running as a candidate for the new party.
Ms Gerety-Quinn has not yet withdrawn her candidacy from the ticket - as she said she would were she chosen on foot of a gender direction from Fianna Fáil headquarters.
But earlier this year, according to sources, such was her unhappiness with Fianna Fáil and leader Micheál Martin, Ms Geraty-Quinn had "extended negotiations" with Renua before having a change of heart.
She was very enthusiastic initially about running for Renua, held extended negotiations, and appeared to be very disillusioned with Fianna Fáil and the direction of the party, said one source last night.
Renua Ireland had no comment last night when contacted to comment on the story, while Ms Gerety-Quinn could not be contacted.
However, in a statement to the Irish Independent, Fianna Fáil said it was "unaware of any approaches to our candidate in Longford".
"Any interest in Connie from other parties shows she is a candidate of substance and that such approaches were futile as she was confirmed as the Fianna Fáil candidate," a spokeswoman said.