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Fianna Fail sacks Senator Mark Daly over Northern Ireland 'candidate'

Fianna Fail has sacked Senator Mark Daly as its deputy leader in the Seanad in the Republic's parliament over his role in announcing the party would run a candidate in Northern Ireland.

Last month Daly and TD Eamon O Cuiv publicly presented Fermanagh independent councillor Sorcha McAnespy as Fianna Fail's first ever candidate in the forthcoming Northern Ireland council elections.

Photos were issued of the trio posing with Fianna Fail-branded election posters carrying Ms McAnespy's image.

However, within an hour of the announcement, the party said no decision had been made in running candidates in the Northern Ireland local government elections for 2019 and the two were accused of going "on a solo run".

Sorcha McAnespy explained that as she would be standing for election, she could only stand for Fianna Fail as outlined in party rules.

On Wednesday it was confirmed Mark Daly had been stripped of his role as deputy leader of the Seanad and his position as the party's foreign affairs spokesman.

He said he accepted the decision and would continue to work hard for his constituents.

It is understood Eamon O Cuiv is to meet with Fianna Fail officials on Wednesday evening.

Fianna Fail is in talks with the SDLP about a possible partnership before the 2019 elections but, it's thought, is some way from any announcement.

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