FF councillor ‘upset’ over selection of Martin’s brother

A ROW has broken out between a Fianna Fáil councillor and the Foreign Affairs Minister after she claimed that Micheál Martin was trying to unseat her in favour of one of his brothers.

Cllr Deirdre Forde has taken exception to the fact that Micheál Martin’s twin brother, Padraig, has been selected to contest a Cork County Council seat in next June’s local elections. She’s annoyed the party has chosen him to contest the seat, especially as he lives just a short distance from her in the suburb of Douglas.

“I am upset and extremely disappointed by this decision and worried about retaining my seat. It makes the next election extremely difficult for me because... [Padraig] Martin and myself will be looking for the same votes. He will get first-hand support from his brother, whereas I have very limited resources,” Ms Forde said.

Mr Martin already has another brother in local politics. Sean Martin is a member of Cork City Council.

“I fail to understand the party’s strategy in allowing dynasties to be perpetuated against a candidate like me with limited resources,” said Ms Forde.

Mr Martin denied the claims and said he had played no part in influencing his brother or the party.

Political dynasties

* Jackie Healy-Rea TD and Kerry County councillor son, Michael.

* Noel O’Flynn TD and Cork city councillor son, Kenneth.

* Michael Ahern TD and Cork County councillor brother, Maurice.

* Ned O’Keeffe TD and Cork County councillor son, Kevin.

* Michael McGrath TD and Cork County councillor brother, Seamus.

* Jerry Buttimer, Senator, and Cork City councillor brother, John.

* Batt O’Keeffe TD and Cork County councillor son, Mark.

* Paddy W Sheehan TD and Cork County councillor son, Dermot.

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