Wednesday 18 September 2019

Fianna Fáil confident it will gain seat after Deasy retires

Dynasty: John Deasy succeeded his father Austin as a TD for Waterford
Dynasty: John Deasy succeeded his father Austin as a TD for Waterford
Cormac McQuinn

Cormac McQuinn

Fianna Fáil believes it will benefit from the upcoming retirement of Fine Gael TD John Deasy and is targeting his seat in the next election.

The party currently has one TD in the constituency, Mary Butler, and last year added councillor Eddie Mulligan in the hope of taking a second seat. After the local elections, Ms Butler expressed scepticism that the party would take two seats.

However, now senior TD John McGuinness has said he believes that it's his party which will benefit most from Mr Deasy's departure from the political stage.

He said a portion of Mr Deasy's vote was not attached to "party politics", adding that this will be spread among other parties but "probably more so Fianna Fáil".

He told WLR FM that his party "should have a reasonable chance of ensuring that they get a fair shake of John Deasy's vote".

Mr McGuinness and Mr Deasy served together on the Public Accounts Committee in the last Dáil. He praised the Fine Gael politician's work on the 'Grace' abuse case and the Maurice McCabe issue.

Irish Independent

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