Fianna Fail Leadership Vote Looms

The new leader of the Fianna Fail party is to be selected today, with former Foreign Minister Michael Martin still the strong favourite.

Mr Martin, along with the other three candidates in the race - Brian Lenihan, Mary Hanafin and Éamon Ó Cuív - addressed a meeting of the parliamentary party last night speaking for 20 minutes on how they will take the party forward.

So far some 26 TDs have declared their backing of Mr Martin, while 33 have yet to declare.

Today's meeting of the parliamentary party will see the candidates proposed and seconded, before the vote is taken in a secret ballot.

According to betting company Paddy Power on Monday, Mr Martin was a huge 1/7 favourite in the race, with Brian Lenihan a distant second and Mary Hanafin the long odds shot at 20/1.

Today, Mr Martin's odds have soared to 1/16, with Eamon O'Cuiv now in second at 8/1 and Ms Hanafin still languishing last at 28/1.

Among the Fianna Fail members who have publicly back Mr Martin are Cork TDs Billy Kelleher, Ned O’Keeffe, Noel O’Flynn, Michael McGrath and Michael Ahern.

Kerry TD John O’Donoghue, Clare TD Timmy Dooley, Limerick TDs Peter Power and Willie O’Dea and Dublin TDs Sean Haughey, Chris Andrews and Michael Mulcahy also declared for the former foreign affairs minister.

They were joined by Kildare TDs Sean Power and Michael Fitzpatrick.


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