Politics.ie has this evening obtained a copy of the letter from Independent Presidential Candidate Sean Gallagher where he "regretfully" resigns from the National Executive of Fianna Fail.
The resignation letter (which was reported on by the Sunday Business Post's Niamh Connolly back in August) was sent to the party's General Secretary Sean Dorgan and is dated January 5th.
Despite previous assertions that he resigned from Fianna Fail, this letter does not read to be a resignation from the party, but simply a resignation from the party's National Executive. Gallagher writes in the letter that he will continue to support the Fianna Fáil General Secretary and his colleagues. It would appear thus to offer continued support to Fianna Fail.
Separate queries to both Fianna Fail and Sean Gallagher have been made this evening to establish whether or not Gallagher is actually still a member of Fianna Fail. Once answers are received, they'll be updated here.
Three weeks after Gallagher sent his letter of resignation (from the National Executive) he launched Dara Calleary's Fianna Fail election election campaign in Mayo ("TV Dragon to launch Calleary's election campaign" - Mayo Today) and another three weeks after that Gallagher launched Charlie McConalogue's Fianna Fail election campaign in Donegal ("LIFE’S ONE BIG DRAG-ON THE ELECTION TRAIL FOR CHARLIE!" - Donegal Daily.com).
Update at 20:45 - A spokesperson for Sean Gallagher has returned our call and says that Sean Gallagher is "definitely not" a member of Fianna Fail. I referred to the letter above and pointed out this was a letter resigning from the National Executive, and not from the party. Gallagher's spokesperson acknowledged this, and said that Gallagher did resign from the party.
I asked if there was a letter similar to the one above where he resigns from the party, and was told "no". I asked for the date that Gallagher actually said he'd resigned from the party and his spokesperson was unable to answer the query only to say again that he was definitely not a member of the party any more.
Update at 21:15 A Fianna Fail spokesperson has officially declined to say whether Sean Gallagher is or is not a member of Fianna Fail. The only comment that the spokesperson would offer was that "questions about him [Sean Gallagher] and his membership are a matter for him and his campaign team".
I pointed out that an interpretation of this reply would be either they didn't know whether or not he resigned, or that he was actually still a member. The spokesperson declined to comment, only to offer the quoted line above again.