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Charlie McConalogue: 'We must back Micheál Martin to do the job'

Agriculture Minister Charlie McConalogue is critical of 'unhelpful' focus on Fianna Fáil leadership, writes Hugh O'Connell

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LOYAL: Charlie McConalogue in Donegal. Photo: Joe Dunne

LOYAL: Charlie McConalogue in Donegal. Photo: Joe Dunne

LOYAL: Charlie McConalogue in Donegal. Photo: Joe Dunne

Charlie McConalogue, the Coalition's third agriculture minister in seven months, is not one for soundbites, controversy or provoking rows within his own party.

But this weekend he is delivering a clear rebuke to those that have been discussing Micheál Martin's leadership of late. He wants them to stop, describing the recent intervention of Barry Cowen as "unhelpful" and a "total distraction".

Three Sundays ago Cowen, one of McConalogue's more recent predecessors in agriculture, told this newspaper the Taoiseach should step down as Fianna Fáil leader before the next election and possibly as early as next year.


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