Wednesday 14 November 2018

Unrest grows over FF failure to join the race for President

Two TDs broke ranks on the parliamentary party’s support of Michael D Higgins for a second term as President. Photo: Damien Eagers
Two TDs broke ranks on the parliamentary party’s support of Michael D Higgins for a second term as President. Photo: Damien Eagers
Cormac McQuinn

Cormac McQuinn

There is growing unrest in Fianna Fáil at the party's approach to the upcoming presidential election.

Former minister Mary Hanafin is the latest party figure to question the decision not to run a candidate.

Two TDs broke ranks on the parliamentary party's support of Michael D Higgins for a second term as President.

The interventions will be a headache for party leader Micheál Martin, at a time when Fianna Fáil councillors in Galway are canvassing support for senior TD Éamon Ó Cuív.

Ms Hanafin has argued that not running a candidate opens the way for Sinn Féin to use the election as a platform, at a cost to her own party.

The Dún Laoghaire councillor told 'Hot Press' magazine: "We're a political party and what we do is contest elections."

Elsewhere, Louth TD Declan Breathnach said he is supporting his "good friend", 'Dragons' Den' star and businessman Gavin Duffy.

And Carlow-Kilkenny TD John McGuinness said Fianna Fáil should run its own candidate.

Irish Independent

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