\"Fianna

Fianna Fail party leader Micheal Martin Photo by: Google Images

David Norris and Dana suffer election blow after Fianna Fail decision

\"Fianna

Fianna Fail party leader Micheal Martin Photo by: Google Images

David Norris and Dana face an uphill battle to contest the Presidential election after a decision by Fianna Fail not to endorse any candidate.

Dana’s chance of securing a nomination are now almost non-existent according to pundits while Norris will struggle to secure the backing of 20 members of the Irish parliament.

Norris currently claims to have the backing of 11 members of the upper and lower houses of the parliament but has been unable to get public commitments from the remaining 16 Independents.

Dana only has one member of the Parliament – Tipperary Independent Noel McGrath – confirmed and will struggle for more after the Fianna Fail decision.

FF Senator Labhras O Murchu has also announced his decision to withdraw from the election after his parliamentary party voted not to support any candidate of any description.

----------------------------

Read more:

Dana announces she will run in Ireland’s presidential race

David Norris to approach Fianna Fail for Presidential election support

Martin McGuinness tops RTE Irish presidency poll

----------------------------

After a week of internal bickering, the parliamentary party voted in favor of a motion from party leader Micheal Martin which was backed by his deputy Eamon O Cuiv – days after he had threatened to form a breakaway in the wake of the Presidential election row.

Party whip Seán Ó Fearghaíl said: “The motion was adopted by popular consensus. Under the terms of the motion, the Fianna Fáil parliamentary party endorsed the decision of August 31st not to contest the election or to nominate or endorse a candidate.

“The decision is a firm and final conclusion and it is one with which I believe the public will agree.”
FF Senator O Murchu withdrew his bid to contest the Presidential election after a meeting with party leader Martin before the FF vote was taken.

“Following meetings with the party leader and speculation in the media about his leadership, I do not wish to prolong uncertainty within Fianna Fáil,” said O Murchu.
 

COMMENTS

Log in with your social accounts:

Or, log in with your IrishCentral account:

Forgot your password ?

Don't have an account yet? Register now !

Join IrishCentral with your social accounts:


Already have an account ?

For Newsletter Subscribers – Draw for 1 Prize on December 31st.

Prize: Your Piece of Ireland – a Square of Land in the heart of the Glens of Antrim, Ireland

More details here (or you can buy a little piece of Ireland directly): http://bit.ly/1zew9ox

Terms & Conditions

Or, sign up for an IrishCentral account below:

By clicking above you are indicating that you have read & agree to our Terms and Privacy Policy.


Make sure we gathered the correct information from you

By clicking above you are indicating that you have read & agree to our Terms and Privacy Policy.


You already have an account on IrishCentral! Please confirm you're the owner.


Our new policy requires our users to save a first and last name. Please update your account: