FF chief sends ‘finger-wagging’ letter to Ó Cuív and Daly – however unlikely to face celebration sanctions

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FF chief sends ‘finger-wagging’ letter to Ó Cuív and Daly – however unlikely to face celebration sanctions


Launch: Fianna Fail’s Eamon O Cuiv TD (left) and Senator Mark Daly (right) with Sorcha McAnespy in Omagh last week. Photo: PA
Launch: Fianna Fail’s Eamon O Cuiv TD (left) and Senator Mark Daly (proper) with Sorcha McAnespy in Omagh final week. Photograph: PA

Fianna Fáil chief Micheál Martin has despatched a “finger-wagging” letter to Éamon Ó Cuív and Mark Daly, warning them off any repeat of their celebration endorsement of a council candidate within the North.

However the 14-line letter despatched by e mail to the Galway West TD and Co Kerry Senator makes no reference to disciplinary sanctions.

Controversy erupted final Thursday when pictures of the 2 Oireachtas members alongside Cllr Sorcha McAnespy with the Fianna Fáil emblem have been issued.

The social gathering promptly stated the announcement of Ms McAnespy as a Fianna Fáil candidate for subsequent yr’s native elections within the North was “untimely”.

Talks a few link-up with the SDLP forward of the native elections in Might 2019 are ongoing and Ms McAnespy, an Unbiased member of Fermanagh and Omagh District Council can also be a member of Fianna Fáil and has a seat on the nationwide government.

The celebration has been dedicated since 2013 to operating candidates within the North’s native elections subsequent Might. However Fianna Fáil headquarters employees are recognized to be reluctant to decide to the prices and required personnel, whereas others really feel it might distract from efforts to make sure they lead the subsequent authorities in Dublin with Micheál Martin as Taoiseach.

There was hypothesis over the weekend that Mr Ó Cuív and Mr Daly might face sanctions for allegedly “bringing the get together into disrepute”. Get together sources identified Ms McAnespy was not nominated consistent with social gathering guidelines.

On Sunday, Mr Ó Cuív advised Raidió na Gaeltachta he had acquired a letter from the celebration chief and had since replied. Contacted by the Irish Unbiased, he declined to disclose the letter contents and wouldn’t speculate about possible disciplinary proceedings. “Disciplinary procedures? That is above my pay grade,” he stated.

Senator Daly refused to debate the letter contents however insisted he was appearing on a choice of get together members on the 2013 Ard Fheis. “This chance might not come once more. Making Fianna Fáil an all-Eire get together has members’ help,” he stated.

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