There have been calls for independent MP candidate Mark McSharry to rejoin the Fianna Fáil parliamentary party at a private meeting between MP and senatorial candidates.

The Sligo-Leitrim politician told the Fianna Fáil Ard Fheis last weekend that he intends to rejoin the parliamentary party.

Mr McSherry was a Fianna Fáil TD until he resigned last year and voted no confidence in Foreign Secretary Simon Coveney.

Offaly TD Barry Cowen tonight proposed to readmit Mr McSharry to the parliamentary party and was supported by Senator Diarmuid Wilson.

Taoiseach Micheál Martin said he would raise the issue with Mr McSherry himself as the TD is still a member of Fianna Fáil.

He said he spoke with TD recently.

Several TDs and senators at the meeting were understood to be in favor of Mr McSharry returning to the party.

Mr McSherry said he intended to return to the parliamentary party before the end of the year.

According to internal party rules, he would have to provide an initiator and a roommate to apply for his re-admission.

He was one of the Taoiseach’s staunchest critics and resigned citing his “undemocratic, totalitarian regime”.

The private meeting also raised concerns about the toll’s concrete block, with some government officials previously calling for the levy to be scrapped.

A number of TDs and senators are expected to meet to discuss the proposals and report back to their colleagues soon.

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