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Candidate for FF had 'long talks' with Renua


Choice: Connie Geraty-Quinn

Choice: Connie Geraty-Quinn

Choice: Connie Geraty-Quinn

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Ms Gerety-Quinn has not yet ­withdrawn her candidacy from the ticket - as she said she would were she chosen on foot of a gender direction from ­Fianna Fáil headquarters.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.

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