Wednesday 17 July 2019

Fianna Fáil war of words breaks out in capital

Brian Mohan
Brian Mohan
Mary Fitzpatrick

Sam Griffin

Former Dublin City Councillor Mary Fitzpatrick has been accused of not "accepting responsibility" for her previous election defeats.

The claim was made by her Fianna Fáil colleague Brian Mohan, who is considering running against Ms Fitzpatrick in the battle to represent the party in the next general election.

Mr Mohan was responding to reports that the so-called 'Drumcondra Mafia' is trying to block Ms Fitzpatrick from getting on to the Fianna Fáil election ticket.

Ex-Taoiseach Bertie Ahern last year spoke at a campaign rally for Mr Mohan. Mr Ahern is also a close friend of Mr Mohan's father, Noel.

Last night Mr Mohan, who is the party's chairman in Dublin Central, said he was "100pc not involved in any conspiracy" against his party colleague.

"Unfortunately for Mary she blames everyone else for her election failures except herself. As a candidate who lost his first election, the buck stops with me.

"I didn't do enough to get elected. I am old enough to admit that," he said.

"I've tried to extend the olive branch. I have acted with 100pc honesty with Mary. I don't know where these stories are coming from," he said.

Ms Fitzpatrick, who has unsuccessfully sought election to the Dáil twice, said that she didn't think Mr Mohan would run against her.

She said she had "never blamed anybody" for her election defeats and added the recent reports did "not come from me".

Irish Independent

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