Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has responded to accusations made by Senator Averil Power following her resignation from the party today.
Mr Martin claimed her resignation was sparked by his decision not to force her name alone on the party ticket for the constituency.
Fianna Fail Leader Micheal Martin TD taking media questions at his home in Ballintemple, Cork following Senator Averil Power's resignation. Video: Provision
“Essentially she wanted me to suspend the internal democratic process of the party,” he told RTÉ Radio.
“I’m not telling any candidate not to run.”
“I felt in terms of Dublin Bay North the idea you could impose one candidate and one candidate only was simply not right, or proper or correct.”
Total rubbish from Micheal Martin on @RTENewsAtOne He told me months ago that his preference was for 1 FF candidate & it would be me.— Averil Power (@averilpower) May 25, 2015
I felt I would be selected at convention but he said if that didn't happen the party would add me to the ticket.— Averil Power (@averilpower) May 25, 2015
I'm confident I'd have won a Dáil seat for FF but ultimately I decided that I don't want to be a TD for a party I don't believe in.— Averil Power (@averilpower) May 25, 2015
Mr Martin denied Ms Power had been laughed at during a party meeting when she called for TDs to campaign for same-sex marriage rights.
The resignation of one of the party’s leading female politicians and a media friendly figure will shatter any feel-good factor coming from Fianna Fáil’s by-election win in Carlow-Kilkenny at the weekend.