Next Fianna Fail leader must come from Dublin with O’Brien and O’Callaghan in lead, TD claims amid party turmoil Political Correspondent
- 17:00, 19 Jul 2022
- Updated: 17:01, 19 Jul 2022
THE next leader of Fianna Fail must come from Dublin with Darragh O’Brien and Jim O’Callaghan the clear frontrunners, former party rebel Marc MacSharry has claimed.
Last week, Kilkenny Carlow TD John McGuinness claimed that Fianna Fail TDs should not vote for Leo Varadkar to become Taoiseach in December unless Micheal Martin indicates that he plans to step down before the next election.
The leadership row has continued this week with Galway’s Eamon O’Cuiv telling the Irish Sun that the party needs to rediscover a “fundamental direction” before picking a new leader.
However, Minister for State Niall Collins later blasted the latest leadership debate as “another serving of nonsense from John McGuinness”.
While Agriculture Minister Charlie McConalogue dismissed the talk of a leadership heave later this year as “a media opportunity created from nothing” because he believes the party backs Micheal Martin as leader.
Former Fianna Fail rebel turned Independent TD Marc MacSharry today told Newstalk that the party needs a new leader to step up and take on Micheal Martin.
Asked about future potential leaders, Marc Mac Sharry said the next head of Fianna Fail must come from Dublin.
He said: “My personal view is, with a party in the position Fianna Fail is in with some 53 seats in the greater Dublin area, I think that the leader must come from Dublin.
“So that brings the choice to Jim O’Callaghan and to Darragh O’Brien and perhaps as a dark horse but he might decide that its for later in his career Jack Chambers.”
It comes as Eamon Ryan is facing a backlash from rural Government TDs as he pushes for farmers to dramatically cut back on their carbon emissions with new climate targets.
Green Party leader Eamon Ryan will tomorrow meet with Agriculture Minister McConalogue for crunch talks on carbon emission reduction targets for the agriculture sector.
Rural Government TDs are already signalling their unhappiness with any bid to force farmers to go too far in reducing their emissions.
Offaly TD Barry Cowen today told the Irish Sun that the emissions target for agriculture must be set at the lower end of 22 per cent.
He said: “While we encounter record temperatures and the worsening impacts of climate change, Irish farming shouldn’t be the scapegoat, many other sectors and continents hold a bigger responsibility.
“Farming has shown it will do its duty to the planet as it does every day to our heritage and traditions.”