Mark Daly sacked by Martin


The Kerryman (Tralee Edition) - - NEWS - By SI­MON BROUDER By FER­GUS DEN­NEHY

KERRY Fianna Fáil Sen­a­tor Mark Daly has been sacked from role as the party’s Deputy Leader in the Seanad by Micheal Martin.

In what ap­pears to be pun­ish­ment for Sen­a­tor Daly’s role in the un­of­fi­cial ‘launch’ of a party can­di­date in the North last month, the Fianna Fáil leader stripped the Ken­mare based politi­cian of his po­si­tions in the up­per house.

Sen­a­tor Daly and Deputy Éa­mon Ó Cuív caused con­fu­sion last month when they en­dorsed a sup­posed Fianna Fáil can­di­date ahead of next May’s lo­cal elec­tions in the six coun­ties.

How­ever, within an hour of the ‘launch’, Fianna Fáil HQ is­sued a state­ment in­sist­ing the party – which is in talks with the SDLP about a merger – had made no de­ci­sion on con­test­ing the 2019 NI lo­cal elec­tions.

Af­ter the in­ci­dent, Micheal Martin – who was said to be ‘fu­ri­ous’ about Daly and O’Cuiv’s ‘solo run’ – wrote to the Sen­a­tor and Deputy to rep­ri­mand them but it was thought they would es­cape an of­fi­cial sanc­tion.

That all changed on Wed­nes­day when Fianna Fáil re­leased a brief state­ment con­cern­ing a “re­as­sign­ment of re­spon­si­bil­i­ties” in the Seanad.

The state­ment made no ref­er­ence to Sen­a­tor Daly but an­nounced that the two party po­si­tions he held in the Seanad were be­ing given to oth­ers.

Sen­a­tor Lor­raine Clif­ford Lee takes over from Sen­a­tor Daly as the party’s Deputy Leader while Lis­towel-based Sen­a­tor Ned O’Sul­li­van will take over the For­eign Af­fairs, Ir­ish Overseas and Di­as­pora brief pre­vi­ously held by Sen­a­tor Daly.

In a state­ment Sen­a­tor Daly said he ac­cepts the party leader’s de­ci­sion and “will con­tinue to work hard on be­half of my con­stituents”.

Fianna Fáil Sen­a­tor Mark Daly

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