The crisis within Fianna Fáil has intensified after it emerged that Cllr. John Keogh issued High Court proceedings against his party colleague Cllr. Paddy Kilduff, the Cathaoirleach of Roscommon County Council.
Cllr. Keogh filed a case in the High Court on October 7, according to the Court Service’s website. The action is listed under the plaintiff name ‘John Keogh’, with the solicitor firm being Ronan O’Hare, a Birr-based firm.
Cllr. Kilduff is listed as the defendant. The nature of the proceedings is not explained, but it’s understood to relate to alleged defamation.
Both councillors declined to comment.
This development is the latest twist in an ongoing dispute between the two.
It first emerged in June when Cllr. Keogh refused to support Fianna Fáil colleague Cllr. Ivan Connaughton as the cathaoirleach of the Athlone Municipal District, instead voting for Cllr. John Naughten, of Fine Gael.
Because of that, Cllr. Keogh lost the party whip. Later that month, he refused to support Cllr. Kilduff in the vote for the Cathaoirleach of the council, but the latter was, nevertheless, elected.
That month, Cllr. Keogh made a formal complaint against Cllr. Kilduff to Fianna Fáil headquarters, who are still adjudicating over the matter.
A committee was established to investigate the complaint. Cllrs. Kilduff, Keogh and Connaughton have all been interviewed, as has Ógra Fianna Fáil member Alan Kelly, who supports Cllr. Keogh.
A decision is imminent on the outcome of that investigation, it is understood.