Breaking: Fianna Fail facing turmoil as Matty Ryan gets nod for County Council nomination ahead of Michael Smith

Noel Dundon

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Mattie Ryan

Fianna Fáil councillor Mattie Ryan elected Nenagh MDC chair yesterday

A tempestuous meeting of the party last night resulted in Smith being overlooked again.

The Fianna Fail party in Tipperary is in turmoil following a meeting last night which resulted in veteran Councillor Matty Ryan (Coole) receiving the nod for the nomination of the position of Chairman of Tipperary County Council.

The position is up for grabs on Monday afternoon next in Clonmel when current Chairperson Phyll Bugler steps down after her term of office. Already, Cllrs Seamus Hanafin and Siobhan Ambrose of Fianna Fail have held the position and Cllr Smith was thought to have been in line for a shot at it at some stage during the five year council term. But, having  taken the decision at Municipal District level to vote against the party at the first AGM of that authority, Cllr Smith has paid a very heavy price.

Cllr Michael Smith.

We understand that Cllr Matty Ryan is now being put forward by Fianna Fail and has the backing of the majority of the party members. But, Cllr Smith is also determined to put his name before the council members for the election and has been canvassing extensively, both inside and outside of the party ranks.

It is also understood that a third nomination is likely to emerge from the Sinn Fein and Independents meaning than Monday afternoons AGM is likely to be a very interesting one.

Cllr Michael Fitzgerald was the first Chairman of the united Tipperary County Council four years ago, followed by Cllr Seamus Hanafin, Siobhan Ambrose, Phyll Bugler and whoever will emerge from the fog on Monday afternoon.