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Gallagher: I haven't been involved with Fianna Fáil for 18 months

The Independent candidate said a resignation letter he submitted earlier this year was merely a formality.

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SEÁN GALLAGHER HAS clarified the timing of his departure from Fianna Fáil – insisting that in practice he left the party 18 months ago.

The Independent presidential candidate acknowledged that he resigned in writing only in January of this year. But he said this was merely a formality and he effectively left his local cumann in March 2010.

Speaking to RTÉ News, Gallagher said: “I left officially on March 1 2010. That was my last meeting when I stepped down at a meeting of my local cumann.” He added that he had “officially resigned in writing earlier this year because my position [on the national executive] hadn’t been filled and I thought it prudent to tidy that up.”

Questioned about his role on the party’s national executive, Gallagher insisted it was merely an organisational role and “doesn’t deal with issues or policies”.

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