Wednesday 26 April 2017

Galway West: 'Ordinary members of Fianna Fail do not want alliance with Fianna Gael' says Eamon O Cuiv as he tops poll

Eamon O'Cuiv who retained his seat celebrates at the Galway West count centre for the General Election 2016 in the Bailey Allen Hall NUI, Galway
Eamon O'Cuiv who retained his seat celebrates at the Galway West count centre for the General Election 2016 in the Bailey Allen Hall NUI, Galway
Eamon O'Cuiv, who was just elected and his wife Aine (pink top) with their family from left Sean O Bioragra and wife Emer Ni Chuiv with their children Aine, Sean , Eamon, and Mairead Ni Bhioragra, with Anna Murphy and her fiancé Eamon O Cuiv.
Fianna Fail's Éamon Ó Cuív

John Fallon

Eamon O Cuiv said that ordinary members of Fianna Fail do not want an alliance with Fine Gael and he can’t see that position changing.

And the grandson of Eamon de Valera, who topped the poll in Galway West, said doing a deal with Fine Gael would fly in the face of everything they stated they would do on the hustings.

“I certainly wouldn’t advocate it because I believe your word is your bond. And we said that quite clearly in this election, and we fought this election on the basis that we weren’t going with Fine Gael.

“People get cynical about politics when people say one thing in an election and do the opposite and that’s one of the prices that Labour have played.

“They said it was going to be their way not Frankfurt’s way, it turned out to be Frankfurt’s way and the electorate are very annoyed,” he said.

Mr O Cuiv said that it would be up to the general membership of Fianna Fail to initiate a change in direction and until that was forthcoming then he believes a deal can’t be contemplated.

“The second thing is of course this has to go an Ard Fheis of the party, and certainly we were getting the word from our own members in particular who were canvassing. The people who were doing all of the hard work for the party, the people who are the party at the end of the day were elective representatives.

“But the party belongs to the ordinary person who pays the €20 a year like I do. They were sending a very clear message that they wanted us to pursue our policies, that they would see us being totally incompatible with Fine Gael policies.”

Electorate Seats Total Poll Turnout Valid Poll Spoiled Votes Quota
103,704 5 64,759 62.45% 64,271 488 10,712

Count 1

Elected

Latest Results

  • Eamon O'Cuiv* FF 9539
  • Noel Grealish* Ind 7187
  • Sean Kyne* FG 6136
  • Trevor O'Clochartaigh SF 5755
  • Catherine Connolly Ind 4877
  • John O'Mahony* FG 4734
  • Hildegarde Naughten FG 4567
  • John Connolly FF 3885
  • Niall Ó'Tuathail SD 3455
  • Derek Nolan* Lab 3220
  • Mary Hoade FF 2205
  • Mike Cubbard Ind 2122
  • Seamus Sheridan GP 1588
  • Fidelma Healy Eames Ind 1394
  • James Charity Ind 1171
  • Tommy Holohan AAA 1017
  • Nicola Daveron R 994
  • Tommy Roddy Ind 251
  • Ruairí O’Neill DDI 152
  • Patrick Feeney Ind 22
  • Eamon O'Cuiv* FF 9574
  • Noel Grealish* Ind 7208
  • Sean Kyne* FG 6148
  • Trevor O'Clochartaigh SF 5788
  • Catherine Connolly Ind 4909
  • John O'Mahony* FG 4744
  • Hildegarde Naughten FG 4582
  • John Connolly FF 3901
  • Niall Ó'Tuathail SD 3488
  • Derek Nolan* Lab 3233
  • Mary Hoade FF 2213
  • Mike Cubbard Ind 2146
  • Seamus Sheridan GP 1617
  • Fidelma Healy Eames Ind 1445
  • James Charity Ind 1188
  • Tommy Holohan AAA 1047
  • Tommy Roddy Ind 251
  • Ruairí O’Neill DDI 152
  • Patrick Feeney Ind 22
  • Nicola Daveron R 1025
  • Eamon O'Cuiv* FF 9679
  • Noel Grealish* Ind 7308
  • Sean Kyne* FG 6232
  • Trevor O'Clochartaigh SF 5815
  • Catherine Connolly Ind 4982
  • John O'Mahony* FG 4788
  • Hildegarde Naughten FG 4676
  • John Connolly FF 3951
  • Niall Ó'Tuathail SD 3566
  • Derek Nolan* Lab 3261
  • Mary Hoade FF 2248
  • Mike Cubbard Ind 2166
  • Seamus Sheridan GP 1667
  • Fidelma Healy Eames Ind 1594
  • James Charity Ind 1227
  • Tommy Roddy Ind 251
  • Ruairí O’Neill DDI 152
  • Patrick Feeney Ind 22
  • Nicola Daveron R 1025
  • Tommy Holohan AAA 1071
  • Eamon O'Cuiv* FF 9701
  • Noel Grealish* Ind 7359
  • Sean Kyne* FG 6245
  • Trevor O'Clochartaigh SF 6017
  • Catherine Connolly Ind 5178
  • John O'Mahony* FG 4795
  • Hildegarde Naughten FG 4691
  • John Connolly FF 3973
  • Niall Ó'Tuathail SD 3734
  • Derek Nolan* Lab 3300
  • Mary Hoade FF 2254
  • Mike Cubbard Ind 2309
  • Seamus Sheridan GP 1755
  • Fidelma Healy Eames Ind 1620
  • Tommy Roddy Ind 251
  • Ruairí O’Neill DDI 152
  • Patrick Feeney Ind 22
  • Nicola Daveron R 1025
  • Tommy Holohan AAA 1071
  • James Charity Ind 1267
  • Eamon O'Cuiv* FF 9763
  • Noel Grealish* Ind 7522
  • Sean Kyne* FG 6292
  • Trevor O'Clochartaigh SF 6108
  • Catherine Connolly Ind 5325
  • John O'Mahony* FG 4859
  • Hildegarde Naughten FG 4759
  • John Connolly FF 4019
  • Niall Ó'Tuathail SD 3803
  • Derek Nolan* Lab 3332
  • Mary Hoade FF 2549
  • Mike Cubbard Ind 2390
  • Seamus Sheridan GP 1779
  • Tommy Roddy Ind 251
  • Ruairí O’Neill DDI 152
  • Patrick Feeney Ind 22
  • Nicola Daveron R 1025
  • Tommy Holohan AAA 1071
  • James Charity Ind 1267
  • Fidelma Healy Eames Ind 1657
  • Eamon O'Cuiv* FF 10022
  • Noel Grealish* Ind 7945
  • Sean Kyne* FG 6355
  • Trevor O'Clochartaigh SF 6162
  • Catherine Connolly Ind 5450
  • John O'Mahony* FG 4915
  • Hildegarde Naughten FG 4964
  • John Connolly FF 4160
  • Niall Ó'Tuathail SD 3850
  • Derek Nolan* Lab 3380
  • Mary Hoade FF 2636
  • Mike Cubbard Ind 2436
  • Tommy Roddy Ind 251
  • Ruairí O’Neill DDI 152
  • Patrick Feeney Ind 22
  • Nicola Daveron R 1025
  • Tommy Holohan AAA 1071
  • James Charity Ind 1267
  • Fidelma Healy Eames Ind 1657
  • Seamus Sheridan GP 1813
  • Eamon O'Cuiv* FF 10079
  • Noel Grealish* Ind 8020
  • Sean Kyne* FG 6444
  • Trevor O'Clochartaigh SF 6261
  • Catherine Connolly Ind 5818
  • John O'Mahony* FG 4965
  • Hildegarde Naughten FG 5097
  • John Connolly FF 4203
  • Niall Ó'Tuathail SD 4344
  • Derek Nolan* Lab 3624
  • Mary Hoade FF 2644
  • Tommy Roddy Ind 251
  • Ruairí O’Neill DDI 152
  • Patrick Feeney Ind 22
  • Nicola Daveron R 1025
  • Tommy Holohan AAA 1071
  • James Charity Ind 1267
  • Fidelma Healy Eames Ind 1657
  • Seamus Sheridan GP 1813
  • Mike Cubbard Ind 2533
  • Eamon O'Cuiv* FF 10175
  • Noel Grealish* Ind 8461
  • Sean Kyne* FG 6506
  • Trevor O'Clochartaigh SF 6661
  • Catherine Connolly Ind 6330
  • John O'Mahony* FG 4996
  • Hildegarde Naughten FG 5175
  • John Connolly FF 4351
  • Niall Ó'Tuathail SD 4674
  • Derek Nolan* Lab 3737
  • Tommy Roddy Ind 251
  • Ruairí O’Neill DDI 152
  • Patrick Feeney Ind 22
  • Nicola Daveron R 1025
  • Tommy Holohan AAA 1071
  • James Charity Ind 1267
  • Fidelma Healy Eames Ind 1657
  • Seamus Sheridan GP 1813
  • Mike Cubbard Ind 2533
  • Mary Hoade FF 2673
  • Eamon O'Cuiv* FF 11103
  • Noel Grealish* Ind 8830
  • Sean Kyne* FG 6587
  • Trevor O'Clochartaigh SF 6721
  • Catherine Connolly Ind 6461
  • John O'Mahony* FG 5222
  • Hildegarde Naughten FG 5298
  • John Connolly FF 4873
  • Niall Ó'Tuathail SD 4725
  • Tommy Roddy Ind 251
  • Ruairí O’Neill DDI 152
  • Patrick Feeney Ind 22
  • Nicola Daveron R 1025
  • Tommy Holohan AAA 1071
  • James Charity Ind 1267
  • Fidelma Healy Eames Ind 1657
  • Seamus Sheridan GP 1813
  • Mike Cubbard Ind 2533
  • Mary Hoade FF 2673
  • Derek Nolan* Lab 3787
  • Eamon O'Cuiv* FF 11103
  • Noel Grealish* Ind 9136
  • Sean Kyne* FG 7201
  • Trevor O'Clochartaigh SF 6833
  • Catherine Connolly Ind 7123
  • John O'Mahony* FG 5551
  • Hildegarde Naughten FG 6083
  • John Connolly FF 5059
  • Niall Ó'Tuathail SD 5269
  • Tommy Roddy Ind 251
  • Ruairí O’Neill DDI 152
  • Patrick Feeney Ind 22
  • Nicola Daveron R 1025
  • Tommy Holohan AAA 1071
  • James Charity Ind 1267
  • Fidelma Healy Eames Ind 1657
  • Seamus Sheridan GP 1813
  • Mike Cubbard Ind 2533
  • Mary Hoade FF 2673
  • Derek Nolan* Lab 3787
  • Eamon O'Cuiv* FF 11103
  • Noel Grealish* Ind 9186
  • Sean Kyne* FG 7209
  • Trevor O'Clochartaigh SF 6846
  • Catherine Connolly Ind 7138
  • John O'Mahony* FG 5591
  • Hildegarde Naughten FG 6094
  • John Connolly FF 5304
  • Tommy Roddy Ind 251
  • Ruairí O’Neill DDI 152
  • Patrick Feeney Ind 22
  • Nicola Daveron R 1025
  • Tommy Holohan AAA 1071
  • James Charity Ind 1267
  • Fidelma Healy Eames Ind 1657
  • Seamus Sheridan GP 1813
  • Mike Cubbard Ind 2533
  • Mary Hoade FF 2673
  • Derek Nolan* Lab 3787
  • Niall Ó'Tuathail SD 5278
  • Eamon O'Cuiv* FF 11103
  • Noel Grealish* Ind 9711
  • Sean Kyne* FG 7656
  • Trevor O'Clochartaigh SF 7468
  • Catherine Connolly Ind 8877
  • John O'Mahony* FG 5852
  • Hildegarde Naughten FG 6626
  • Tommy Roddy Ind 251
  • Ruairí O’Neill DDI 152
  • Patrick Feeney Ind 22
  • Nicola Daveron R 1025
  • Tommy Holohan AAA 1071
  • James Charity Ind 1267
  • Fidelma Healy Eames Ind 1657
  • Seamus Sheridan GP 1813
  • Mike Cubbard Ind 2533
  • Mary Hoade FF 2673
  • Derek Nolan* Lab 3787
  • Niall Ó'Tuathail SD 5278
  • John Connolly FF 5614
  • Eamon O'Cuiv* FF 11103
  • Noel Grealish* Ind 11073
  • Sean Kyne* FG 8171
  • Trevor O'Clochartaigh SF 7911
  • Catherine Connolly Ind 9842
  • Hildegarde Naughten FG 7024
  • Tommy Roddy Ind 251
  • Ruairí O’Neill DDI 152
  • Patrick Feeney Ind 22
  • Nicola Daveron R 1025
  • Tommy Holohan AAA 1071
  • James Charity Ind 1267
  • Fidelma Healy Eames Ind 1657
  • Seamus Sheridan GP 1813
  • Mike Cubbard Ind 2533
  • Mary Hoade FF 2673
  • Derek Nolan* Lab 3787
  • Niall Ó'Tuathail SD 5278
  • John Connolly FF 5614
  • John O'Mahony* FG 6122
  • Eamon O'Cuiv* FF 11103
  • Noel Grealish* Ind 11073
  • Sean Kyne* FG 10590
  • Catherine Connolly Ind 10239
  • Hildegarde Naughten FG 9129
  • Tommy Roddy Ind 251
  • Ruairí O’Neill DDI 152
  • Patrick Feeney Ind 22
  • Nicola Daveron R 1025
  • Tommy Holohan AAA 1071
  • James Charity Ind 1267
  • Fidelma Healy Eames Ind 1657
  • Seamus Sheridan GP 1813
  • Mike Cubbard Ind 2533
  • Mary Hoade FF 2673
  • Derek Nolan* Lab 3787
  • Niall Ó'Tuathail SD 5278
  • John Connolly FF 5614
  • John O'Mahony* FG 6122
  • Trevor O'Clochartaigh SF 8077

Mr O Cuiv said it was very difficult to predict what the party may decide in the future but he said he has not detected any willingness on the ground to get into bed with the arch rivals.

“Maybe an Ard Fheis will vote differently, but certainly the people that I was in contact with definitely do not favour that. But the other thing is, I would see major policy differences between Fianna Fail and Fine Gael.

“The other possibility of course in the next Dail, is that we move to a more continental manner of doing business. There has been a lot of criticism of the Dail that the government can ram things through. Maybe we can get a Dail that the Dail is in control of the government. And that the government will really have to answer to the Dail and maybe that is no bad thing.”

He said that if party leader Micheal Martin approaches him this week seeking his view on an alliance with Fine Gael, he will have one answer: “What I would say is let’s put it to an Ard Fheis Michael. Let’s put it to our own members.”

The two Fianna Fail members in Galway West who were not elected also reiterated Mr O Cuiv’s view.

County councillor Mary Hoade also said they would have to go back to the grassroots members to get a mandate to join up with Fine Gael.

“We have to seek a mandate from the organisation to ensure that we can go into coalition, or who we are going into coalition with.

“I think it is very important that we have a stable government after a few difficult years for people but we can’t have a change in direction without getting that mandate from the members,”she said.

City councillor John Connolly said there was also a significant difference in the policies of Fine Gael and they would need to be addressed as part of any move to link up with them.

“I’d be very reluctant to see us going in with Fine Gael. They more obsessed with cutting taxes for the wealthy than putting money into public services.

“My personal sense is that what gives politics a bad name is to say one thing prior to an election and then to do the opposite,” he said.

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