Fianna Fail Row

A war of words has erupted between Fianna Fail Councillors John Hogan and Michael Smith after the latter claimed that Cllr Hogan had engaged in a pact with Deputy Maire Hoctor in advance of the party's Selection Convention on Friday evening last.

A war of words has erupted between Fianna Fail Councillors John Hogan and Michael Smith after the latter claimed that Cllr Hogan had engaged in a pact with Deputy Maire Hoctor in advance of the party's Selection Convention on Friday evening last.

Cllr Smith lost out to Deputy Hoctor by 45 votes (176 votes to 131) - a margin which surprised many observers. However, he has laid the blame very firmly at Cllr Hogan's door and says that he is now "taking time out to reflect" and will make a decision about his political future in due course.

Councillor Hogan withdrew from the three horse race at the last minute on Friday evening after what had been a very contentious campaign. Indeed, Cllr Hogan had been the victim of a "dirty tricks campaign" - a fact which incensed many party faithful who felt that he had been treated very unfairly. And, having withdrawn, he drew the wrath of Cllr Smith upon himself with the defeated candidate issuing a statement to the media on Monday.

In the statement given to the media as he left the monthly meeting of North Tipperary County Council in Nenagh, Cllr Smith alleged that Cllr Hogan had engaged in a pact with Deputy Hoctor to transfer his votes to her in the head to head.

Full story in this week's Tipperary Star.