Thursday 23 November 2017

Sean Haughey plans comeback after health scare

Former FF Junior minister Sean Haughey. Photo: Tom Burke
Former FF Junior minister Sean Haughey. Photo: Tom Burke

Niall O'Connor Political Correspondent

THE son of former Taoiseach Charles Haughey has decided to run for Fianna Fail in next summer's local elections after overcoming a health scare.

Sean Haughey, who lost his seat in the last General Election, is expected to be announced as a candidate in North Dublin.

Mr Haughey told constituents in February that he was withdrawing from the selection process after he became ill.

However, it has now emerged that Mr Haughey has been given a clean bill of health and has told party headquarters that he wants to run.

While the selection process for the local elections has closed in Mr Haughey's ward, Fianna Fail is due to add him to the ticket.

The former junior minister told the Irish Independent last night that he had "no comment to make for the moment".

However, senior party sources have confirmed Mr Haughey's intentions to return. "Sean Haughey is a vote getter, he has told us he wants to run. Unless he performs a last-minute U-turn, he will be added to the ticket," said a well-placed source.

Mr Haughey has held talks with the party's Dublin Campaigns director John Curran and party TD Michael Moynihan in recent weeks.

Mr Moynihan is a member of Fianna Fail's National Constituency Committee, which is deciding which members are added as candidates.

The news of Mr Haughey's return to politics is sure to intensify the speculation surrounding the intentions of party senator Averil Power, who shares the same constituency.

Ms Power is widely tipped to run for the party in the European elections and is currently considering her options.

Senior TDs believe she represents the best chance of Fianna Fail winning back a seat in the Dublin constituency.

However, Mr Haughey's return will also cause unrest among the so-called 'new guard' of Fianna Fail.

Irish Independent

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