Monaghan FF candidates all withdraw from convention

Fianna Fail has been having a lot of problems with conventions to select General Election candidates. Normally the problems arise because someone doesn’t get on the ticket. However, the exact opposite will be the case in Monaghan tonight.

While Fianna Fail will select a Cavan based candidate the strategy is also to have a running mate in Monaghan. This makes electoral sense for the party. However as of today, the three names in the running, Robbie Gallagher, Seamus Coyle and former TD Margaret Conlon have all withdrawn.

The decision of Conlon, taken for ‘personal and professional’ reasons will be a particular disappointment to Fianna Fail. It is not clear yet whether they will try to convince her to change her mind in the weeks ahead.

To leave the Monaghan end of the constituency unrepresented in the election would not seem practical yet an inability to find a candidate willing to go before the convention tonight poses a serious problem for the party. Many have criticised what they see as a lack of preparation and organisation by FF top brass when it comes to conventions right across the country. The withdrawal of all three contestants in the Monaghan convention will only add fuel to such speculation.

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  • steve white

    is there a line in Fianna Fail constitution and rules that says Party can direct who stands in constuency, can some image grab it please Months of news coverage of Fianna Fail & gender quotas rules and nobody will show what it says in the Fianna Fail constitutiona and rules

  • Kevin Breslin

    I think they were holding out for Margaret Conlon to fill their gender quota system. Probably better to throw a low-profile female activist into the deep end than to leave no one there.

  • Robin Keogh

    The main problem for Fianna Fail across the country is that while they are so used to having an obedient cult like following amongst their core base willing to baah on demand ;HQ’s mafia style control over their convention procedures is having a serious negative effect on the ground. The mess in Longford recently has shown while FF accuse others of forcing strict control over their membership, the truth is actually quite the reverse. Micheal Martin has lost focus, concentrating too much on the sound of his own voice and trying to come across statesmanlike; his innate weakness as a leader is now starting to seep through the multitude of cracks in the party’s edifice.

  • TruthToPower

    At least Mr Martin didn’t murder a mother of ten nor his deputy order humans to be blown to bits or lured home to L’derry to be shot and left in s ditch. Such is the low bar for public standards in Ireland and you wonder why unionists want nothing to do with Eire?

  • Robin Keogh

    If you have any evidence that proves your above assertions you should do the right thing and contact the police. In the meantime voters will most likely occupy themselves with issues of concern to their lives based on fact, rather than comments of hysterical distraction.

  • Greenflag 2

    When it comes to limbo dancing in politics in these islands unionist politicians in NI have been among the lowest of the low . Even today some of them are still bigoted buffoons. There are enough British Government reports on record which will be forever on the historical record for those who might want to know why NI unionist politicians ended up with such a political mess that they had to be extricated from by both the British and Irish governments and the Americans . Wise up .

  • Greenflag 2

    Perhaps the FF Monaghan candidates have seen the writing on the wall from their local constituents . SF were just 500 votes short of winning a second seat last time out .

  • Robin Keogh

    And local polling shows SF will probably secure that second seat this time

  • Greenflag 2

    That would mean 2 SF -2FG and 1 FF . We’ll see – A week is a long time etc etc . I did’nt know that Rory O’Hanlon was Ardal O’Hanlon’s dad (Father Dougal Maguire of the Fr Ted series ) .

  • Robin Keogh

    Neither did i till now 😉

  • USA

    British leaders are responsible for the deaths of at least 100’000 people in Iraq, and you wonder why Irish nationalists want nothing to do with them? Wind yer neck in mate, we travelled that route 15 years back, your arguement is going nowhere.

  • Croiteir

    If anything it shows the opposite?