Wednesday 24 January 2018

Fianna Fáil senator indicates plans to run in Presidential Election

Fianna Fail Senator Mark Daly. Photo: Mark Condren
Fianna Fail Senator Mark Daly. Photo: Mark Condren
Niall O'Connor

Niall O'Connor

A prominent Fianna Fáil senator has confirmed his desire to contest the Presidential Election.

Kerry-based Mark Daly told Independent.ie that he has been approached by a number of colleagues who have called on him to put his name forward.

The Fianna Fáil leadership has yet to take a position on whether it will field a candidate.

Senior Fianna Fáil figures say the party is unlikely to do so if President Michael D Higgins decides to contest a second term.

It’s estimated that fielding a candidate would cost a political party in the region of €750,000.

As revealed by Independent.ie before Christmas, an overwhelming number of party councillors believe Fianna Fáil should field a candidate.

Mr Daly was among the names proposed by councillors in a survey sent to party leader Micheál Martin.

Miriam O’Callaghan and Anne Doyle also featured.

Mr Daly told Independent.ie that he believes a candidate should be put forward and that he is interested himself.

“I believe it is the members who should decide who that candidate would be. I have been approached by party members who have asked me to consider putting my name forward and I have been humbled by their support,” Mr Daly said.

“When the party makes a decision on if it is going to contest the election I will give serious consideration to putting my name forward.”

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