CASHEL Senator Labhrás O’Murchú has announced that he is withdrawing his bid for the Presidency, clearing the path for party leader Michéal Martin to assert his authority over Fianna Fáil. Senator O’Murchú’s u-turn comes after a crucial Fianna Fáil parliamentary party meeting on Tuesday which saw Deputy Martin stamp his authority over the party.
Senator O’Murchú, known for his role as head of Comhaltas Ceoteóiri Éireann, said he sought a nomination to run for the office of Uachtarán na hÉireann, “with a view to providing a different and more varied choice to voters.”
If nominated, Senator O’Murchú promised to launch his bid from the Rock of Cashel thus reflecting his “roots and the tenacity of the Irish nation evident in the history of the Rock. My focus in public life has been national identity, sovereignty, human rights, family values, the Irish Diaspora and reconciliation among diverse traditions on this island. My experience has been at community, national and international levels.”
Full story in this week’s Tipperary Star.