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Fianna Fail's Micheal Martin cancels address at party dinner due to fire tragedy


FF leader Micheal Martin and Taoiseach Enda Kenny

FF leader Micheal Martin and Taoiseach Enda Kenny

FF leader Micheal Martin and Taoiseach Enda Kenny

Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin has decided not to deliver his address at the Fianna Fail presidential dinner due to the tragic death of ten people following a fire in Carrickmines, Dublin.

Mr Martin said tonight was not the night for "political discourse" and instead held a minute's silence for the victims.


Micheal Martin and Enda Kenny

Micheal Martin and Enda Kenny

Micheal Martin and Enda Kenny

In a speech released before his decision, Mr Martin said he wants to debate Enda Kenny in the Taoiseach’s backyard in County Mayo.

Speaking at the Fianna Fail presidential dinner tonight, Mr Martin called on the Taoiseach to take him on in a public debate and even suggested Mr Kenny’s constituency colleague Junior Minister Micheal Ring could chair the event.

“He says we’re a threat to the country and that there’s a huge risk from us leading a government. If he actually believes this then he should have no problem facing me in a proper debate,” Mr Martin said.

“If he wants I’ll be happy to have the debate in Mayo. I’ll do it at a meeting of Mayo Fine Gael if he wants. I’ll even let Michael Ring ask the questions,” he added.

At the presidential dinner, Former Fianna Fail minister Pat Carey was announced as the party’s director of election.

Mr Carey received widespread praise when he took the decision to publicly announce he was gay ahead of the Marriage Equality Referendum.

Mr Martin said Mr Carey was “respected throughout our organisation”.

“With him leading the team I know we will fight a campaign which draws on the strength of all of our members and is focused on our vision of an Ireland for all,” Mr Martin added.

Speaking before the dinner, Mr Martin attacked the Government for trying to bribe the electorate before they go to the polls.

He also again ruled out the possibility of forming a coalition with either Fine Gael or Labour.

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Mr Martin also insisted he would remain Fianna Fail leader if his party did not get elected to Government.

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