Sunday 8 December 2019

Galway: FF TD Colm Keaveney predicts bright future for his party

Colm Keaveney
Colm Keaveney

Declan Rooney

Fianna Fail TD Colm Keaveney predicted a bright future for his party and claims that positive gains made in the local elections now means they have a steady base of support to build from in future general elections.

As part of his brief for the preparation of the local elections, Deputy Keaveney was instructed to guide a number of the party's the first time candidates.

And after the party made sizeable gains in Galway County to mirror their national progress, Keaveney has punted on the Micheal Martin-led team to make gains at the next general election.

“The election result vindicates the direction of the party and the leadership of the party,” Keaveney said.

“Fianna Fail are now the largest party in local government and it has gained significantly since the last local election and clearly the threshold and base of support has levelled out under the leadership of Micheal Martin.

“It looks like it's turning that corner in terms of getting growth and recovery from that position with the electorate. There is a bit to go yet, but so far it would appear we would exceed the 25 percent that's a great positive for the party,” said the former Labour delegate.

Despite Fianna Fail's growth, Independent candidates also performed admirably in the county as Tim Broderick (Ballinasloe), Sean Canney (Tuam), Michael Fitzmaurice (Tuam) and Tom Welby (Connemara) all claimed seats on the first count in their respective districts.

Despite being crushed nationally in opinion polls, Fine Gael will be happy to have escaped unscathed locally with strong seats gained by Peter Roche in Tuam, by Michael 'Moegie' Maher in Loughrea, and by Peter Feeney and Frank Kearney in Athenry/Oranmore.

Sinn Fein took seats in Ballinaloe and Athenry/Oranmore through Dermot Connolly and Gabriel Cronnelly respectively, while Tom Healy and Tomás Ó Curraoin (Republican Sinn Fein) were also likely to emerge from a mammoth battle in Connemara.

Coalition partners Labour were also unlikely to claim a single seat in Galway County last night (SUN) with their final chance of a seat resting with Joe Curran in Connemara who needed transfers to take one of the nine seats in the district.

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