FF looking at options for Presidential race

Wednesday 28 September 2011 06.39
Micheál Martin - Decision will be clearer by end of August or September
Micheál Martin - Decision will be clearer by end of August or September

Micheál Martin has said Fianna Fáil’s position in relation to the Presidential election will be much clearer by the end of August or September.

Speaking on RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta’s Adhmhaidin, he said it is a very big decision for the party and they are researching and considering their options, but the main thing is to ensure that the right person is chosen.

At the moment, he said the party must focus on the rebuilding process that is under way and attract more women and younger candidates to stand in future elections.

Mr Martin was in Galway City last night at a meeting with party members from Galway West as part of his tour of the various constituencies where ordinary members are having their say.

When asked if Éamon Ó Cuív was being considered as a candidate, Mr Martin said he would make an excellent candidate but no decision had been made and that the former minister was important to the rebuilding process.

Separately, Mr Martin described the Government's decision not to hold an election to the Board of Údarás na Gaeltachta as 'an unbelievable decision by Government'.

In future, representation to the board will be nominated by county councils whose areas include Gaeltacht regions and other nominations will be made by the Minister responsible for the Gaeltacht.

Mr Martin said Gaeltacht people have a right to an election to choose their own representation.

'Údarás na Gaeltachta has a special role, not only in relation to the creation of jobs in the Gaeltacht, but in wider economic and social matters as well.'