Clare Senator, Martin Conway (FG) says Fine Gael will not win two Clare seat in next year’s general election unless he is on the party ticket. The Ennistymon man says he has “earned” his place on the ballot while also rubbishing any speculation that he will stand for the new Reboot Ireland Party – despite his friendship with Lucinda Creighton and her husband.
Speaking to The Clare People, Senator Conway was also highly critical of the strategy employed by the party in the 2011 General Election in Clare.

“I have earned a position on the Fine Gael ticket in the next election, and from a strategy perspective they [Fine Gael] cannot not have me on the ticket, if they do, they will certainly struggle to win two seats.

“Fine Gael made a serious mistake not running me in the last election. I’m still at a loss to know where the strategy came from, they left the whole swathe of the county with no candidate at all and allowed John Hillary (FF) to come in and grab 6,000 votes,” he said.
“I was very privileged to be elected to the Senate and I worked there for nearly four years now.
“I do believe that whatever arguments there would have been in the past [about him being put forward as a candidate], they do not apply anymore.
“I have earned a position on the Fine Gael ticket in the next election, and from a strategy perspective they [Fine Gael] cannot not have me on the ticket, if they do, they will certainly struggle to win two seats.
“Some of the speculation in the last week about me joining the Reboot Ireland.
“It is true to say that I am personally very friendly with Lucinda Creighton and her husband, Senator Paul Bradford, who I have coffee with every week. People have a tendency to add 2 and 2 and get 22.
“I certainly discuss politics with Paul Bradford and I will continue to do that.
“I admire what Lucinda and Paul are doing, I think it’s very brave, to set up a new organisation like this. But, I haven’t had any formal or informal discussions about joining Reboot Ireland. The speculation was wild and fairly off the wall.
“To be quite honest, I haven’t been given any indication from Fine Gael that I won’t be on the ticket and until that happens I’m assuming that I will be.
“I haven’t given any consideration to what my options are if I am not on the ticket.”

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  1. […] (Shannon Independent councillor, Gerry Flynn, is considering his options in terms of a run in the next general election. The Irish Independent has noted that Fine Gael senator, Martin Conway, may be contemplating the prospect of contesting this election for the new political party, involving Deputy Lucinda Creighton. Fine Gael senator, Martin Conway, according to a Clare People article, has argued that the party will struggle to hold their two seats in that consti….) […]

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