FF TDs back Martin after resignation of Power
Fianna Fáil TDs have rallied around party leader Micheál Martin in the wake of stinging criticism from Senator Averil Power.
The "bombshell" resignation by the gay right's campaigner has sparked a bitter war of words.
Last night Ms Power (36) told the Irish Independent that Mr Martin had refused to drop a "single leaflet" supporting same-sex marriage in his Cork constituency.
His spokesman said he did not want to comment on the accusations but several frontbench TDs said she was making "unsubstantiated criticisms".
Ms Power's resignation came a day ahead of the return to Leinster House of Bobby Aylward (60) who won the Carlow/Kilkenny by-election at the weekend.
It also emerged last night that former Fianna Fáil minister Martin Mansergh (68) is to seek a Dáil comeback at the next General Election.