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Friday 18 August 2017

I'll run for election on my own if I have to - McGuinness

David McGuinness
David McGuinness

The very existence of Fianna Fail as a party needs to be questioned if the party cannot deliver for the people, a Dublin councillor has said.

Fingal County Councillor David McGuinness has said he has repeatedly sought to try and influence the party as to its direction, but his efforts have been in vain.

Having failed recently to secure the nomination to fight the General Election in Dublin West, Mr McGuinness said there is much concern and disquiet within Fianna Fail.

"There is a lot of disquiet in our party at the minute," he said.

He also said he is now considering running as an independent.

"I am considering it, of course I am considering. Close to 10,000 people supported me," he told the Herald. "It's my future, my political future."

The Dublin West councillor was speaking after it was reported that a host of TDs were frustrated at the party's continued poor poll ratings.

Two opinion polls published last week had the party at less than 20pc and leader Micheal Martin is under renewed pressure from his own frontbench members over the party's stagnation.

Speaking yesterday, Limerick TD Willie O'Dea said: "I am disappointed at the polls of course I am."

But Mr McGuinness lashed out at the party's current lack of direction, saying Fianna Fail's national rating of 17pc is overstating its standing in Dublin which he said was closer to 11pc.

"I have raised these issues with senior officials in the party and I just don't see them being front and centre as the core issue the party needs to be fighting on," he said.

FUTURE

"If the party doesn't have the capacity to figure out how we can get rid of the USC for the people of this country, then our own existence needs to be questioned," he said.

In response, Senator Averil Power said promising people that the party would abolish the USC is unrealistic and that is not what people want to hear.

"People want to hear a credible vision from us," she said.

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