Asked about leadership tensions within the party, Mr Mulcahy said he supported Mr Smyth, but he did not shy away from his own leadership ambitions.
“Many people in politics have ambition for higher office. There is nothing wrong with that, that’s recognised as fair and reasonable. But at the present time, we have a team that was elected after the 2004 election and unless there’s a prevailing view that that’s not working or that something different has to happen, then that’s the way we will proceed.”
Mr Mulcahy also conceded the Convention Central plan unveiled by Mr Smyth last Monday had not been fully costed, and was light on funding detail.