Fine Gael asks GAA president to join the party
Fine Gael has approached GAA president Aogan O Fearghail about running for the party in the next general election. Senior party officials want Mr O Fearghail to run for Fine Gael in his native County Cavan when the next election is called.
However, Mr O Fearghail is understood to be reluctant to make a decision on running for the party until his tenure at the GAA ends next year.
Fine Gael are hoping to repeat the success the party has had with former GAA president Sean Kelly who has been two successful in two European election.
Fine Gael is reluctant to run Mr O Fearghail in Europe and would prefer if he contest the next general election in the Cavan/Monaghan constituency.
This comes as bad news for Fine Gael Senator Joe O'Reilly who narrowly missed out on retaining his seat in the last general election.
Mr O'Reilly has made it clear he intends to contest the next election and should Mr O Fearghail run, he would first have to take on the senator at a local selection convention. The winner of the contest will be Arts Minister Heather Humphreys' running mate.