Blaney says Fianna Fail can take seat
By Declan Magee
Donegal North East TD Niall Blaney has said Fianna Fail can win a seat in Donegal North East if the party organisation pulls together.
Some commentators and Fianna Fail mayor of Letterkenny Tadhg Culbert, have said the party will struggle to take a seat in the constituency where it took two of the three seats in 2007.
Deputy Blaney said there was no doubt there is a seat for Fianna Fail if the party people on the ground are prepared to do the work.
"We have to decide what is the best strategy, one candidate, two candidates - I don't know," he said. "That is up to the organisation to decide, I won't be deciding it.
"If we row together as a party the seat can be won. If we want to play nonsense and throw away the seat that can happen too but I don't think anybody who has an interest in the party really wants to do that."
Speaking about the events at the weekend which saw Brian Cowen resign as Fianna Fail leader and the Green party
withdraw from government, Deputy Blaney said the Green Party's withdrawal was a "cop-out" which had called into question whether the Finance Bill can be passed. "The Green Party have shown they have no bottle to complete the job," he said.
"They (the opposition) are going to dictate how quickly they pass and are saying ‘pass it on our terms' or they won't pass it all rather than getting it passed for the good of the country. It is not the way to do business. So it is becoming a bit of a sham."
Deputy Blaney said he had yet to decide who he will vote for in tomorrow's Fianna Fail leadership election. Michel Martin, Brian Lenihan, Mary Hanafin and amon Cuv have put their names forward. Deputy Blaney said he had spoken
to some of the candidates and will consult with local party members before making his mind up.
"I will make my mind up later after I have spoken to them all, but I am open-minded," he said. "You don't know how these things will turn around, someone may withdraw and that will favour one of the remaining candidates. It is all to play for."