On Tuesday the Donegal businessman announced his decision to withdraw.
Speaking to Highland Radio News shortly after the shock announcement on Tuesday John McNulty said he was withdrawing from the byelection race as his participation in the contest had become a “distraction” from the work the Government was doing.
He also claimed that the decision was completely his own and that he wasn’t pushed.
As the election cannot be stopped and Mr McNulty’s name cannot be withdrawn, he asked Fine Gael and Labour TD’s and Senators not to vote for him.
But it has been claimed today by Environment Minister, Alan Kelly that many votes have already been cast for McNulty and that there is a real possibility that he will be elected to a seat in the upper house.
And now in a further twist John McNulty has been inundated with calls from TD’s and Senators asking him to reconsider his decision.
It’s understood that Fine Gael TD’s and Senators were not advised NOT to vote for McNulty at last nights parliamentary meeting.
Fine Gael in Donegal has said they are angry at the way the whole situation has been handled, and they are hoping that McNulty still wins the by-election and takes up the position as Senator.
At this stage John McNulty is refusing to comment.