HE may have asked people not to vote for him in the Seanad elections, but Donegal businessman John McNulty could still end up as a Senator.
Fine Gael and Labour members of the Government say they will still vote for the Kilcar man even though he has pulled out of the race.
The problem is it is too late to take his name off the ballot paper – and the two other candidates include a member of Sinn Fein and an independent backed by Fianna Fail.
McNulty said he was pulling out of the race – with many members of Fine Gael in particular seeing him as the innocent victim in a larger cock-up by Taoiseach Enda Kenny.
The quiet-spoken Kilcar man – who helps coach his parish senior football team – may end up in the Seanad if enough people vote for him.
Labour Party Deputy Leader Alan Kelly told RTE today: “I have no intention of voting for a Sinn Fein candidate.
“I have no intention of voting for a candidate supported by Fianna Fail.
“In that scenario, I have no option by definition but to vote for what was the Government candidate. That was always my intention and I have no intention of changing it.”