FIANNA Fáil chiefs have been accused of fracturing the party, following their decision to interfere in the candidate-selection process in the Kerry constituency.
A major row has erupted after Fianna Fáil headquarters ordered that only one candidate be put forward for the General Election at tomorrow night's selection convention. The party has decided that a second candidate will be added to the ticket later.
But the decision has been strongly criticised within the party - and prompted sitting senator Mark Daly to withdraw his name from the race.
"It is unacceptable that party members are only being allowed to select only one of the two candidates for the next election and that headquarters will have the power to add the other candidate," he wrote in a letter.