In reading the responses to George Lee’s departure from the Dáil I saw this prompt endorsement of the party leader from Gay Mitchell. It would seem Gay is interested in nailing down his position on this matter very early on. It would be a shame if Jim O’Leary was to be gazumped yet again. But there might be no choice this time.
FG have to aim for a minimum of 30% or even better 35% of the first preference vote to avoid Alex White getting elected on FF/general anti-FG transfers. Right now, Alex White is better placed to win over the considerable amount of floating voters in Dublin South, while FG will still start with a larger core party support.
The election if it happened of Gay Mitchell would most likely mean the elevation of cllr Naoise O’Muiri to the MEP slot (not a lot of people noticed that) and an opening on the city council in Clontarf, I can just feel the jockeying there already. Of course I could be entirely wrong about this and Shay Brennan will surprise us all and romp home..