Fianna Fáil senator indicates plans to run in Presidential Election
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.”