CEANN HE DO IT? TD Seamus is favourite to replace O'Donoghue.
FIANNA Fail veteran Seamus Kirk is expected to be unveiled as the new Ceann Comhairle today.
The TD was keeping tight-lipped about his chances yesterday but admitted it would be "an honour" to be elected to the plum post.
When asked by the Irish Daily Mirror if he will be the new speaker, the Louth deputy said: "There's been much newspaper speculation but as I understand it, no decision has been made yet.
"I think it would obviously be an honour to even be considered for such a position."
The Fianna Fail chairman - first elected to the Dail in 1982 - confirmed the EUR212,500 post will probably go to a party veteran rather than the Opposition.
The Louth constituency will become a five-seater at the next election so his appointment will guarantee Fianna Fail at least two seats - with local Justice Minister Dermot Ahern certain to win a seat.
Shamed Ceann Comhairle John O'Donoghue will formally resign today when the Dail resumes.
He is expected to make an explosive speech where he will try to defend his lavish use of taxpayers' money on limos, VIP lounges, firstclass flights and five-star hotels. He is also tipped to lash out at the way he was treated by the Labour Party - who put the gun to his head and forced him to resign.
The Kerry TD has complained that he wasn't given a chance to explain himself to the Oireachtas Commission.
After Mr O'Donoghue's speech, the Dail will be suspended for 10 minutes before a new Ceann Comhairle is elected.
Fine Gael TDs are meeting today to decide if they will put one of their members forward for the post.
The names of party veterans Dinny McGinley and Michael Noonan are being thrown around but a party source admitted: "There is no serious expectation it will be anyone other than a Fianna Fail TD."
Labour will not be putting forward a candidate because the Leas Cheann Comhairle Brendan Howlin is a party TD.
There was speculation that Brian Cowen might give the post to Agriculture Minister Brendan Smyth but this seemed more unlikely last night as Mr Kirk became the frontrunner.
TIPPED FOR TOP Brian Cowen with party chairman Seamus Kirk
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|Publication:||The Mirror (London, England)|
|Date:||Oct 13, 2009|
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