Inishowen's Fianna Fail Senator Cecilia Keaveney looks certain to miss a key Fianna Fail nomination convention to contest the next general election leading to speculation as to her future in the party.
Ms Keaveney said yesterday she would not attend a special convention to be held on Thursday night by the Inishowen branch of Fianna Fail to select an Inishowen candidate to contest the forthcoming general election.
In a statement issued on Ms Keaveney's behalf she said she was unaware of a date for a convention. While she remains one of a number of nominated candidates in Donegal North East, to her knowledge no date has been set for a convention in this constituency, her statement concluded.
However, Vice Chairman of Fianna Fail in Inishowen Davey McDermott was adamant the Senator had been notified by their chairperson Rosaleen Campbell about the convention as she failed to attend the comhairle ceanntair meeting on Sunday evening.
"Cecilia was informed several times about the meetings, but she didn't turn up to either comhairle ceanntair meetings we have held in Inishowen recently," he said. Mr McDermott said he discovered earlier yesterday that the Moville woman was out of the country and in Strasburg until next week.
"We left several messages for Cecilia but we never got any response so we had no choice but to go ahead and set a date for the convention. Our hands were tied and we have to move on."
Meanwhile the other possible candidate for Fianna Fail in the peninsula, Charlie McConalogue, welcomed the decision to hold a convention in Inishowen and he felt heartened the party felt an Inishowen candidate was necessary.
"The party unanimously decided to have and Inishowen candidate and now is our time to stand up and represent the people of this county," Mr McDermott said.