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Fianna Fail row in Limerick ‘has been resolved’, says party

Family politics: The row centred around the election of cousins Michael Collins and James Collins (above) as party leader and deputy leader of Fianna Fail in Limerick respectively.

Family politics: The row centred around the election of cousins Michael Collins and James Collins (above) as party leader and deputy leader of Fianna Fail in Limerick respectively.

 

A MAJOR split within Fianna Fail in Limerick has been resolved, according to the party.

A brief statement issued on Sunday from the party’s national headquarters in Dublin says that following discussions between the 13 councillors and general secretary Sean Dorgan, all of the group’s elected representatives in Limerick “will take their places on the Fianna Fail benches at the first meeting of Limerick City and County Council this week”.

On Thursday night last, four Fianna Fail councillors had broken away from the main party following disagreements over who should lead the bloc on the newly merged council.

Cllr Eddie Ryan lost out on becoming leader of the party, and former mayor Kieran O’Hanlon failed in his attempts to be deputy leader.

Instead, these positions were filled by cousins Michael and James Collins.

This caused a walkout from Cllr Ryan, Cllr O’Hanlon, Cllr Joe Crowley and Cllr Kevin Sheahan.

Cllr Crowley indicated the new grouping could be known as Independent Fianna Fail.

Fianna Fail did not release any further information on the party’s intervention, only to add that it would: “like to thank all the councillors for the constructive and positive approach taken during the discussions.”

More information on the heated meeting which led to the initial walkout can be found at: http://www.limerickleader.ie/news/breaking-bitter-divide-emerges-in-limerick-fianna-fail-1-6090172

For more, stay with www.limerickleader.ie, and see the Limerick Leader’s print editions throughout the week.

 

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