O Cuiv to stay with Fianna Fail
Former deputy leader of Fianna Fail Eamon O Cuiv has decided to stay with the party despite a divisive row over his opposition to the European fiscal treaty.
The Galway West TD, who clashed with leader Micheal Martin over his refusal to support a Yes vote, has vowed not to campaign against the compact.
The 61-year-old confirmed his decision at Leinster House and said he wants to remain in Fianna Fail to reform the party.
"This has been one of the most difficult decisions of my political career," Mr O Cuiv said.
"After careful consideration I believe that the best contribution I can make is as a member of Fianna Fail."
Mr O Cuiv, grandson of founder Eamon de Valera, also dismissed suggestions that he was looking for a new political home, with Sinn Fein being mooted after he raised the possibility of coalition with the party.
"There has been some speculation in recent times as to whether I would ever join another party. I would like to make it clear once and for all that I see no other party other than Fianna Fail that represents my political views," he said.