Fianna Fáil general election candidate Connie Gerety-Quinn spoke to the Longford Leader after last week’s stormy Fianna Fáil Convention to address reports that she had considered running for Renua, the party headed by former FG Minister Lucinda Creighton.
In a statement issued exclusively to the Longford Leader through Fianna Fáil’s press office, Ms Gerety-Quinn said she had attended a public meeting held by Renua in Mullingar in May. She said she was subsequently contacted by Renua and agreed to meet with Deputy Creighton.
“We had a general conversation, during which it became clear to me that Renua’s policies were not in line with my views and vision for the future. Contrary to the anonymous briefing being carried out now, we had no conversation of any sort then or at any other time criticising the Fianna Fáil Leader Micheál Martin,” Ms Gerety stated.
She claimed she was later contacted by another TD in the party to ask her if she would run for Renua but she declined. The statement issued by Ms Gerety-Quinn did not deal with her declaration that she would not accept the nomination from Fianna Fáil under a gender directive.
Meanwhile the fallout from Ms Gerety-Quinn’s selection continued this week.
Cllr Padraig Loughrey told the Longford Leader that there was a lot of anger over how the party had handled the situation.
“There’s lots of life-long members of Fianna Fáil who will no longer partake in any church gate collections or any fundraising for the party,” he said.
Cllr Loughrey said members were unhappy that they were not allowed to vote at the convention.
“They don’t feel Longford Fianna Fáil figures in what the Fianna Fáil national strategy is,” he bluntly put it.
He said he had doubts about the local organisation’s commitment to declared candidate, Connie Gerety-Quinn.
“I don’t think the Longford Fianna Fáil organisation will throw its weight behind Connie Gerety as it stands,” he added.
Members of the Longford CDC are meeting with the National Constituencies Committee early next week to discuss the issue.
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