Fine Gael haven’t given up hope of extending their 15 year long dominance of Longford County Council despite Fianna Fáil signing a deal with Independent councillors.
As revealed on the Leader’s live 2014 election blog on Monday night, Fianna Fáil shook hands with the council’s three newly elected non party members earlier that evening.
Those talks, described by Fianna Fáil’s Seamus Butler as “fruitful and very constructive”, looks set to see Fianna Fáil assume control at local authority level for the first time in almost three decades.
“It was a done deal by 1pm on Monday and signed by 6:30pm on Monday,” said Mr Butler, who led the Fianna Fáil negotiating team.
But with the first meeting of a new-look Longford Co Council set for Friday week, Fine Gael insiders have refused to throw in the towel.
“I think it makes for a very unstable relationship,” said Cllr Micheál Carrigy. “They (Fianna Fáil) might have a deal done but Friday week has to come yet.”