Fianna Fail to select “preferred” general election candidate

Liam Cosgrove

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Liam Cosgrove

Delegates are being invited to a meeting on Wednesday night in the Longford Arms Hotel to select its "preferred" general election.
The ongoing simmering row within Fianna Fail over its selection process ahead of the next election has taken another twist as the party’s local organisation presses ahead with nominating its “preferred” candidate.

The ongoing simmering row within Fianna Fail over its selection process ahead of the next election has taken another twist as the party’s local organisation presses ahead with nominating its “preferred” candidate.

Members have been invited to a meeting of the party on Wednesday night following discussions by Comhairle Dáil Ceantair executive officers last week.

In the letter, which was leaked to the Leader, delegates are told that the name of the successful candidate will be forwarded to a meeting of Fianna Faíl’s Ard Comhairle on December 10.

Its secretary Pat O’Rourke, who lost out to Connie Gerety-Quinn following a gender quota ruling at its October Convention, said there was still “unfinished business” in terms of the party’s selection process.

In response, a spokesperson from Fianna Fail’s press office said it was unaware of any meeting having been scheduled for Wednesday night.

The party has also insisted that should any vote be held, it would not be recognised by headquarters.

“Robert Troy TD and Connie Geraty Quinn are the Fianna Fáil candidates in Longford Westmeath for the upcoming General Election,” the spokesperson stated.

“The National Constituencies Committee has not been formally notified of any meeting in the constituency to discuss alternative candidates and any such meeting would be outside of the party’s longstanding rules and procedures governing such matters.

“Such a meeting would therefore not be recognised by the party.”