Jim O’Callaghan has been appointed Fianna Fáil director of elections for the Dublin Bay South by-election.
sitting TD for the constituency, Mr O’Callaghan has been taking independent leadership positions of late, having turned down an offer to serve in Cabinet when the coalition Government was formed.
Fianna Fáil took under 14pc of the first preference vote in the February 2020 general election, where Mr O’Callaghan was the only party candidate.
FF support has recently polled at 11 per cent, and may be running worse in Dublin Bay South, one of the most liberal constituencies in the country.
The party is a long way short of a quota in the constituency, and any failure to turn in a creditable performance could damage Mr O’Callaghan’s leadership credentials.
The vacancy arises because of the abrupt resignation of former Houing Minister Eoghan Murphy to return to his first love, a career in international