And then there were just two candidates left standing for the Seanad byelection…

So John McNulty has gone. That just leaves Sinn Fein’s Lurgan based candidate Cat Seeley and independent candidate Gerald Craughwell, …

He cannot by law withdraw from his official candidacy but he’s indicated that people should not vote for him [eek, that’s bit messy – Ed]… That leaves a lot of FGers with a bit of a problem.

The Seanad was getting unruly enough as it was. Having tried to snuff it out for good, neither of the two live runners will make an easy life for the Taoiseach… Craughwell in particular felt aggrieved at the Taoiseach’s handling of the matter.

He’s very much pitching himself as a let’s reform the Seanad issue candidate, and likely to draw a lot of support across the chamber. Though since the ballot papers have been out McNulty might enough win, even though he’s asked people not to…

What a mess… [And its not even October yet.. – Ed]

Yep, and that’s the replace Dinny McGinley stratagem up in smoke (“I’m making no promises…”)

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