DONEGAL businessman John McNulty has said tonight that he will resign if he is elected to the Seanad tomorrow.
He told Fine Gael party officials that he will not take up his seat.
Mr McNulty, co-manager of his local senior football club Kilcar, has been caught up in a political storm not of his own making.
Earlier today former junior minister Dinny McGinley blamed party headquarters for the fiasco which began when he was appointed to a museums quango just days before being nominated to run in the Seanad by-election.
Ironically many Government TDs had already voted for him before the political crisis erupted.
So Mr McNulty may still be elected to the seat.
However a source close to the Kilcar man told us tonight: “John has assured Fine Gael that he will immediately resign his seat if he is elected.
“John’s an honourable man and won’t want to see a new political crisis engulf the party.”