2. Fine Gael.
Fianna Fáil councillor Malcolm Byrne, who proposed the motion, told TheJournal.ie that council chairman Michael Kinsella (Fine Gael) refused to allow discussion on the motion – because the presidential election had not yet been formally called.
A candidate could not be endorsed by the council for an election that did not yet exist, Kinsella said, and so the motion was deemed out of order. When Byrne asked for the motion to be dealt with ‘in principle’, Kinsella refused to facilitate a discussion.
“It was very clear from the meeting in Wexford that Fine Gael did not want this discussion,” Byrne said. “I don’t think they want any non-party candidate.”