October 25, 2020

Civil war politics: Waterford FF leaders say they have ‘full confidence’ in Martin, despite local row over plans to join FG in government

The leadership of Fianna Fáil’s Waterford constituency organisation has insisted they have “full confidence” in leader Micheál Martin, despite publicly made claims that local party members had “grave concerns” over plans to enter government with Fine Gael.

The officer board of Waterford Fianna Fáil Comharlie Dáil Ceanntair issued a statement saying they have “full confidence in the leader and the negotiating team charged with endeavouring to form a Government during these unprecedented and extremely difficult times”.

In a recent letter sent to local and national media, Séamus Ó Neill, a former Fianna Fáil constituency organiser and current president of the constituency executive, said he has been contacted by “members and supporters” who have major concerns about the joint framework document drawn up by his party and its old Civil War rival.

Mr Ó Neill also criticised the party leadership’s decision not to hold an Ard Fheis to authorise the coalition because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

He wrote: “This is clearly ignoring the rules that were implemented following our disastrous election in 2011. With our electronic society and An Post, a poll can be easily arranged for us members to have our say on what will be the most important decision ever taken by our party.”

However, this view was refused by the chair of the Fianna Fáil Comharlie Dáil Ceanntair, Cllr John O’ Leary, who said: “Membership is being kept up to date on developments and are being consulted at every opportunity during the negotiations. However as the country has been in a lockdown for the past seven weeks, it has been impossible to convene a meeting of the full membership in the constituency, however the membership will have their say when it comes to agreeing whether or not Fianna Fail will be part of the next government.”



Shane Doran

Shane Doran is founder and Co-Managing Editor of News Now Media, incorporating KilkennyNow.ie, WaterfordNow.ie and WicklowNow.ie. He is a former newspaper editor who has held senior executive roles across five national newspaper titles, both broadsheet and tabloid. He was News Editor and Executive Editor of the Irish Independent for more than seven years and spent a number of years in South Africa where he worked as editor of The Daily Voice newspaper. Shane has held senior editorial position with The Sunday Independent, The Herald and The Irish Daily Star and has served as Executive Editor (Group) of Independent News & Media (INM), Ireland’s largest newspaper group.

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