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Burke and Clifford unanimously endorsed at Fianna Fáil meeting


Over 100 people attended the Fianna Fáil Roscommon/Galway CDC in the Abbey Hotel on Monday night and endorsed the original decision of the AGM by reconfirming Padraig Burke as Chairman and Mary Clifford as Secretary.

  The meeting was overseen by Andrew Finn, membership officer of Fianna Fáil HQ. The first part of the meeting was chaired by Larry Brennan.

  Following the recent AGM, a letter of complaint had been lodged with Fianna Fáil HQ. HQ subsequently decided to reconvene the election of the position of chair and secretary. On Monday night, P. Burke and Mary Clifford were both unanimously endorsed, a decision that was accepted by Fianna Fáil HQ.

  Chairman P. Burke then permitted a discussion from the floor in relation to the forthcoming Fianna Fáil selection conventions. Concern was expressed from the floor in relation to the number of candidates being directed by HQ to be selected in the various conventions, with only one candidate being directed for selection in South Roscommon and two in Mid-Roscommon.

  A number of sitting councillors and candidates expressed concern in relation to this issue and it was directed that this message should be conveyed back to headquarters.

  Tributes were paid to Cllr. Rachel Doherty who recently announced that she was stepping down from politics and would not be contesting the forthcoming local elections. Senator Terry Leyden said that Cllr. Doherty would be a major loss to the party while Chairman P. Burke and Secretary Mary Clifford echoed those sentiments.

  Chairman P. Burke said he was delighted to accept the position of chairman and he wished all the best to his fellow committee members including Vice Chairman, Patsy Feehily; Assistant Secretary, Michelle Meeley; Joint Treasurers Mary Pettit and Malachy Hand; PRO Mairead O’Shea; President Tom Hussey and Vice President Paul Lynch. Mr. Burke said he was looking forward to the committee working together as a united team in the year ahead.

  Mary Clifford thanked everyone for their endorsement. She received a round of applause in recognition of being the recent overall winner of the Volunteer of the Year Award in County Roscommon.

  Deputy Eugene Murphy said he was extremely satisfied that the meeting had endorsed the committee which had been selected at the original AGM, which he had chaired. He thanked everyone present. Deputy Murphy said he was delighted with the progress which Fianna Fáil was making in Roscommon/Galway and he stressed the need for unity of purpose.

  “Every phone call or email or person who walks into my constituency office is entitled to be listened to and it is my job as servant of the people to do that. Fianna Fáil is in a healthy position in Roscommon/Galway and we need that in order to hold onto and deliver this seat once again for the party,” concluded Deputy Murphy.