THE COPE SET TO RUN AGAIN FOR DÁIL

first_imgPat The Cope GallagherFIANNA Fail politician Pat ‘The Cope’ Gallagher is set to run again for the Dail.The former MEP has told friends he will accept a nomination to run for a seat in the Dail at the next general election.Party sources are also ruling out the possibility of a Letterkenny-based candidate with The Cope and sitting TD Charlie McConalogue expected to be endorsed at the Clanree Hotel on October 4. Some party sources are tipping Glenswilly-based councillor James Pat McDaid to be in with a shout at the convention.However more seasoned members of the party say delegates are most likely to back Gallagher and McConalogue – with party membership in west Donegal and Inishowen a key factor.Gallagher was unavailable this morning for comment on reports linking with him with a swift return to politics.But one close friend said: “He’s just home from a week away and has made his mind up; he’s going to go for it. “People in the party know he can bring a second seat home for Fianna Fail. It’s as simple as that.”If he does succeed it will leave an immense battle for the fifth and final seat in the new five-seat Donegal constituency with sitting Sinn Fein TDs  Padraig Mac Lochlainn and Pearse Doherty expected to romp home.Independent Thomas Pringle will run again hoping he can hold on to a seat he took off Mary Coughlan last time around.The most interesting debate will be within Fine Gael.Sitting TD and junior minister Joe McHugh could lose his seat if, as expected, Dinny McGinley runs again. McGinley has made no secret of his desire to run again; and has upped his PR campaign in recent months, often beating McHugh to send out press releases on funding announcements for the county.Then there’s the possibility of a third Sinn Féin candidate…..that will make the general election even more fascinating.THE COPE SET TO RUN AGAIN FOR DÁIL was last modified: August 19th, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:electionfianna failMEPPat The Cope GallagherTDlast_img

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