“Politics is in my blood and public service is in my bones, so I certainly see myself continuing in some role,” said the former Minister
“People on the doorsteps made it very clear to me that this was an anti-Fianna Fail stance they were taking and nothing personal.
“I do believe we can rebuild the party but I am worried that we only have one TD in Dublin and the fact that we have no women in the new Dail at all is a real worry.”
Don’t fret too much for the government ministers kicked out of Dail Eireann by an angry electorate – they will still pick up a handsome goodbye check from their time in Leinster House.
Those Fianna Fail and Green ministers who lost their portfolio and seats can still pick up anything up to $120,000 in golden handshakes.
Under 1992 legislation introduced all ex-ministers get severance payments for two years as compensation for the loss of a ministerial salary.
Fine Gael want to abolish the payments but can’t do so before the likes of Mary Coughlan, Mary Hanafin and Pat Carey claim severance payments worth in or around €88,000 each.
Outed Green Party cabinet ministers John Gormley, Eamon Ryan and former junior minister Ciaran Cuffe and Mary White also qualify for severance payments but Gormley and Ryan will give their money to the Green Party and other charities.
Micheal Martin, who surrendered his own entitled during the election campaign, has confirmed that former Fianna Fail ministers who held their seats won’t take severance payments.
Here’s a barometer of the Fianna Fail collapse – there are now no TDs from the Republican party in Meath, Tipperary, Sligo, Kerry, Leitrim or Roscommon.
Brian Lenihan is the only Fianna Fail TD in any of the 12 Dublin constituencies and 47 seats – and there won’t be one female TD from Fianna Fail in the new Dail.
Leader Micheal Martin faces a major battle to rebuild the Fianna Fail brand after its first preference vote more than halved, down to just 17.4%.
Fianna Fáil suffered a number of high profile casualties including Mary Coughlan, Mary O’Rourke, Mary Hanafin, Sean Haughey, Barry Andrews, John O’Donoghue and Conor Lenihan.
The 2011 General Election returned a record number of 23 female TDs and that number could rise when the final counts conclude on Tuesday.
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