Sunday 18 August 2019

On the brink: Fine Gael 'fast-tracking' selection conventions

Fine Gael TD Kate O’Connell
Fine Gael TD Kate O’Connell

Niall O'Connor

Fine Gael are 'fast-tracking' selection conventions as the likelihood of a snap election increases.

The party has only selected General Election candidates in a small number of constituencies.

A selection convention for the Dublin Bay South constituency slated for a date after Christmas has now been moved up to Monday, signalling the party is firmly on an election footing.

Two of the party's most well-known faces were elected in the constituency when the country last took to the polls: Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy and TD Kate O'Connell.

A meeting of the party's election council which organises selection conventions for the party ahead of elections has been called for tomorrow.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Fianna Fáil's Micheál Martin met today and it is understood both agreed to further engagement and both said they do not want an election to be held.

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