Local FF members issue ultimatum to HQ

‘Hold Convention or we will hold one ourselves’

A ‘sternly-worded’ letter has issued to Fianna Fáil Headquarters on behalf of the Roscommon-Galway membership to voice their anger over the delay in a General Election Selection Convention being held.

  A special meeting of the party’s Roscommon-Galway Comhairle Dáil Ceantair (CDC) was held in the Abbey Hotel, Roscommon town, on Tuesday night. It attracted a large attendance of over 100 people.

  “People expressed their anger and their annoyance at a convention not being held,” one party member, who asked not be named, said.

  “A sternly-worded letter has gone to Dublin – have the convention inside two weeks or the Roscommon-Galway CDC are going to hold it ourselves.”

  Mary Clifford, the honorary secretary of the CDC, confirmed that she was mandated to issue a letter containing such an ultimatum.

  She said: “It was decided that a letter would be sent to Fianna Fáil Headquarters asking them for a date to be provided to the CDC immediately, with a two-week window frame to give that date.

  “And, in the event of we not hearing from them in that time, the CDC was mandated by the meeting and the members present to put structures in place to select a date themselves and proceed with the convention.”

  She said that she issued the letter on Wednesday morning.

  A Fianna Fáil spokesperson said: “The matter is being considered by the national constituencies committee, which will consult with the CDC officer board in due course.”

  Fianna Fáil have held selection conventions in all but two of the 40 constituencies nationwide: Cavan-Monaghan and Roscommon-Galway are the only ones which have not yet taken place.

  The latter convention was provisionally scheduled for last month but, for an unexplained reason, it was postponed.

  At a meeting of the party’s national executive on Wednesday, November 4, it was merely decided that the convention would be held “before Christmas”.

  Originally, ten candidates accepted the nomination to contest the convention, yet all except three – Cllr. Eugene Murphy, Larry Brennan and Ballintubber’s Seán Óg Higgins – subsequently withdrew.

  Cllr. John Keogh is the latest to withdraw from the race. It is understood that he informed party headquarters of his decision this week.