Roscommon-Galway TD says Cllr Orla Leyden’s candidacy took him “by surprise”

Roscommon-Galway Fianna Fáil Deputy Eugene Murphy says the announcement of Orla Leyden as a candidate has taken him by surprise.

In a hard hitting statement, the politician also indicates he won’t be agreeing to any voting strategy with his new running mate.

In a statement issued this afternoon, Deputy Murphy says he wasn’t contacted by party headquarters ahead of the announcement and the news had been unexpected.

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The outgoing TD says that while he wishes Orla Leyden well in her bid for election, he will be fighting for every single vote and won’t be settling for any area to be given to him to canvass in: