Northern Ireland

Fianna Fail not to bid for Irish presidency

Gay Byrne
Image caption Broadcaster declined to stand in the presidential election

Irish opposition party Fianna Fail has decided not to put forward a candidate in this year's presidential election.

The decision was taken at a parliamentary party meeting on Wednesday.

No vote was taken but the party accepted the recommendation of a sub-committee which discussed the matter earlier this week.

Fianna Fail, however, have not ruled out the possibility of backing another candidate.

It will make a decision after nominations close in September.

The party recently failed to persuade veteran broadcaster Gay Byrne to stand in the presidential election.