Is he, isn’t he? Curran move gone into time added on…

Amidst claims of a revolt among local Fianna Fáil members against such a move, uncertainty continues over whether or not former Roscommon goalkeeper Shane Curran will actually be added to the party’s General Election ticket in the Roscommon-Galway constituency.

  It had been widely speculated that Mr. Curran would be added on last Monday, but he remains a ‘non-candidate’ as we go to press on Wednesday night.

  Sources said that it the question of adding on the GAA personality was discussed at a national constituencies committee meeting on Tuesday night, but that no decision was reached.

  In Fianna Fáil locally there is some resistance to any such move.

  “There will be mass resignations from Fianna Fáil if it’s done,” said one party member. “Members are really angry that HQ are trying to add somebody who is not even a member of the party.”

  Another party member said: “People are threatening to hand back their membership cards.”

  Members are expected to make their feelings known at a meeting of Roscommon-Galway Comhairle Dáil Ceantair at the Abbey Hotel, Roscommon town, tonight (Thursday) at 9 pm. Mr Curran spoke at a protest meeting against the review of the Athlone boundary at the Athlone Springs Hotel, Monksland, on Monday night, but he could not be reached for comment yesterday (Wednesday).

  During an interview with Newstalk on Monday, party leader Micheál Martin was unable to say whether Mr Curran was a member of Fianna Fáil.

  “I don’t have a membership list,” he said. “He comes from a very strong Fianna Fáil family.”

  Cllr. Eugene Murphy, who was selected as the party’s candidate at a selection convention on December 20, said he did not believe Mr Curran would be added.

  “I have been told nothing officially,” he said. “In fairness to headquarters, I don’t think they are going to add anybody.

  “At the convention, the chairman read out a statement from the constituency committee stating that one candidate would contest the General Election for Fianna Fáil, and that that candidate would be picked by convention.”

  A Fianna Fáil spokesperson said: “The matter is for the national constituencies committee. Their role is to examine each constituency and devise a strategy which best optimises the party vote.”