Michéal Martin has admitted Fianna Fáil’s election strategy in the Roscommon Galway constituency cost the party a seat, according to candidate Eugene Murphy.
urphy who received over 9200 votes, narrowly missed out on the third seat to Sinn Fein’s Claire Kerrane.
The controversial last-minute addition by the party’s hierarchy of Councillor Orla Leydon, the daughter former minister Terry Leydon, split the Fianna Fáil vote and spelt the end of Murphy’s hopes of re-election.
Speaking to Independent.ie, Murphy said that although he feels let down by others in Fianna Fáil, Michéal Martin still has his full support.
“The strategy was wrong and the Sinn Fein tsunami was a big part of it too.
“It was the one constituency we would have just got over the line ahead of Sinn Fein.
“Michéal rang me on Sunday night and he was genuinely upset for me.
“He did say that the strategy was wrong and ‘you told us that would happen’, and he was sorry about that.”
Responding to the future of for Michéal Martin’s leadership Murphy said he still is the right man for the job.
“He certainly has my support. We have to try and right the ship now and I believe he can do it.
“It’s hard to get your head around how it all transpired but it’s time for cool heads.”