Nenagh town councillor Tommy Morgan has quit Fianna Fail to throw his support behind Cllr Hughie McGrath in May’s local elections. Cllr Morgan resigned from party at a meeting of the MacDonagh Cumann in Nenagh during which the members were due to select their nomination to go to the party’s selection convention, which will be held in Dolla this Thursday.
Cllr Morgan said he handed in his letter of resignation and left the cumann meeting without making any comment or speech.
“I felt lost in Fianna Fail. I was not approached to look for the nomination. I am disappointed not just because I was not asked to run. There is a need for a lot of younger people in Fianna Fail. It needs new blood. This has happened in the county but not in Nenagh,” he said.
Cllr Morgan, who was elected in 1994 as an Independent, later joined FF and failed to get elected in 2009 but was co-opted to the council following the resignation of Cllr Tony Sheary.
He told the Star he was “disappointed but not disillusioned” by FF saying the loss of Maire Hoctor’s seat in 2011 was a “great blow to Nenagh” and the cumann had not been revitalised since.
“I was happy to canvass for Maire,” he said, pointing to her work on Nenagh Hospital and securing funding for the rehabilitation of the tailings ponds at Silvermines. Both Cllr Morgan and Ms Hoctor were elected to Nenagh Town Counci for the first time in 1994.
“I suppose I joined Fianna Fail at the wrong time. The economy was good and I was approached,” he said. However, However, people had told him they would have preferred him to stay as an Independent, but being an Independent was a “hard thing.
A former fireman, Cllr Morgan said he was backing Cllr McGrath’s campaign because of his involvement in community events such as the St Patrick’s Day parade and the Bop While you Shop / Medieval Picnic in the Castle Field day.
“I am disappointed Fianna Fail is not more involved with community projects. I felt there is need for more involvement and there is a great bunch of workers on his committees. I have had a great lot of companionship with Cllr McGrath over the last while and I would like to get him re-elected. A lot of people have said the St Patrick’s Day parade is a wonderful occasion for the community and it takes away the doom and gloom,” said Cllr Morgan.
Meanwhile, Nenagh town councillor Tom Mulqueen was selected at last week’s meeting to seek the party’s nomnation at this Thursday’s convention.
However, with only two places up for grabs he will face a tough challenge from sitting councillors John Carroll and Mattie Ryan “Coole”.
Fianna Fail decided to add Arcroney man Eamonn Spillane and Newport postman Martin Kennedy to the ticket in advance of the convention.
There is now the possibility that Fianna Fail could be without a Nenagh town candidate in May.