FF contenders for city seat in 'blame game'
A Fianna Fail hopeful in Dublin Central has blasted his party rival Mary Fitzpatrick and claims she "takes no responsibility" for her past failures to win elections in the capital.
Brian Mohan, who is the party's chairman in the Dublin central constituency, says he has "extended the olive branch" to the former councillor on a number of occasions.
But he says it "appears" that Ms Fitzpatrick does not accept the peace offering.
Mr Mohan was responding to reports that the so-called 'Drumcondra Mafia' - synonymous with former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern - is attempting to stifle Fitzpatrick's election chances.
Last year, Mr Ahern spoke at a campaign rally for Mr Mohan ahead of the local elections. Mr Ahern is close friends with Brian Mohan's father, Noel.
Despite the support of Mr Ahern, Brian Mohan was unable to secure a seat in the Dublin Central local electoral area. The 29-year-old has said he will make a decision in the coming weeks about whether he will seek a nomination to run in the next election.
Ms Fitzpatrick has already indicated her intention to seek the party's nomination. Ms Fitzpatrick is a former Dublin City Councillor but has previously failed to win a general election seat and lost out at European level last year.
Following reports the 'Drumcondra Mafia' was attempting to block Ms Fitzpatrick from running, Mr Mohan said he was "100pc not involved in any conspiracy" against his party colleague.
"Unfortunately for Mary, she blames everyone else for her election failures except herself. As a candidate who lost his first election, the buck stops with me. I didn't do enough to get elected. I am old enough to admit that," he told the Herald.
"I've tried to extend the olive branch. I have acted with 100pc honesty with Mary. I don't know where these stories are coming from."
He added that he publicly stated on previous occasions the need to put on a united front and said "whoever was putting out these stories" was not helping the party.
Last night, Ms Fitzpatrick said she was "taken aback" by the reports and said she had understood that Mr Mohan would not be seeking selection.
"I think from the conversations I'd had with Brian, he recognised that he doesn't have the support within the constituency," she said.
She said she had "never blamed anybody" for her election defeats and said she didn't know what Mr Mohan was referring to. She added that the recent reports did "not come from me".