Jan O’Sullivan accuses Willie O’Dea of ‘dirty’ tricks in campaign

Alan Owens

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Alan Owens

LABOUR TD and Limerick City general election candidate Jan O’Sullivan has accused her constituency colleague Willie O’Dea of “getting dirty again” in a post to her twitter account.

LABOUR TD and Limerick City general election candidate Jan O’Sullivan has accused her constituency colleague Willie O’Dea of “getting dirty again” in a post to her twitter account.

The tweet, posted this Friday morning, reads: “Willie getting dirty again trying to stir it up for labour. Won’t work our campaign is goin(sic) very well maybe he has forgotten last years lesson already like he forgot what he said to the limerick leader”.

The tweet is thought to be a response to the lead story in the Limerick Leader city edition - ‘Noonan set to top poll as FF vote implodes’. In the story, former Minister O’Dea concedes that Michael Noonan is set to top the poll in the Limerick City constituency and predicted that city councillor Joe Leddin might snatch the Labour seat from sitting TD Jan O’Sullivan.

“We are getting a good bit on Joe Leddin on the door steps and if there is a surprise, it could be here,” said O’Dea this week.

However Labour director of elections Joe Kemmy, brother of legendary local politician Jim, discounted O’Dea’s remarks, saying he believed he was “saying this because Fianna Fail are imploding”, and suggested that O’Dea could himself be in trouble in next Friday’s February 25 poll.

“There is no Fianna Fail seat safe in the country, and I am including Willie O’Dea, who could find himself fighting for the last seat,” said Kemmy, running his 10th general election campaign for Labour.

Bookmaker Paddy Power currently has Willie O’Dea, Michael Noonan and Jan O’Sullivan as favourites to take the first three seats in the constituency, with Kieran O’Donnell, Joe Leddin, Maurice Quinlivan and Peter Power all still in contention for the fourth seat in Dail Eireann.