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FF leader to deny secret deal in letter

FIANNA Fail leader Micheal Martin is going to send a letter to angry grassroots Fianna Fail members telling them there is no secret deal with new TD Colm Keaveney.

It came after members complained about reports that the former Labour TD would be the only Fianna Fail candidate running in the Galway East constituency in the 2016 general election.

Mr Martin told the most recent meeting of the Fianna Fail national executive that he is going to send a letter to local Fianna Fail members to tell them there is no deal arranged with Mr Keaveney to run on his own in the next general election.

And he will pledge that they will be able to choose their general election candidates at a local convention.

The news will come as a reassurance to two of Fianna Fail's big political dynasties – the Kitts and the Killileas.

Sitting Fianna Fail TD Michael Kitt, whose father was also a TD, is still considering running again.

The Killilea dynasty is back in action with the son of former Fianna Fail MEP Mark Killilea also running in the local elections and interested in a Dail seat in future.

There are sitting Fianna Fail councillors such as Michael Connolly who will fancy their chances of running for the Dail in 2016 as well.


Mr Martin had faced a furious response from Fianna Fail grassroots members over the sudden arrival of Mr Keaveney last month, with Mark Killilea even calling on him to resign.

Mr Killilea's son Donagh welcomed the forthcoming letter from Mr Martin to Fianna Fail members in Galway East.

He said he had been considering his decision to go forward as a local council candidate for Fianna Fail in May's elections after the decision to "parachute in a candidate".

"I think it was a very poorly thought out decision by Micheal Martin to have selected Colm Keaveney without consulting the local organisation," Mr Killilea said.

He added that he would not have been willing to sacrifice his private sector career if one candidate had been guaranteed a Dail run at the expense of others.