Mark Daly sacked by Martin
KERRY F.F SENATOR SANCTIONED BY PARTY FOR NORTH ELECTION ‘STUNT’
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