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Friday 15 December 2017

FF rebel O Cuiv sits in silence during meeting

Fiach Kelly Political Correspondent

REBEL Fianna Fail TD Eamon O Cuiv sat in silence as his colleagues discussed their party's core values yesterday.

Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin met his TDs and Senators yesterday morning to talk about the party's progress on advancing their recovery.

A two-page document was circulated on updates to the party's values, which was described as "woolly", but it will be worked on further and circulated to the wider party membership.

The document mentions Irish unity, entrepreneurship and enterprise, as well as a bigger emphasis on social issues, sources said. It is an update of a previous document outlining the party's aims. And it also commits the party to a full and active role in the UN and EU.

Stance

But despite Mr O Cuiv almost quitting the party last week over disagreements with Mr Martin on his pro-fiscal treaty stance, the Galway West TD did not contribute to the meeting.

"To be fair to him, he came in late but he said nothing," a TD said of Mr O Cuiv.

A Fianna Fail spokesman said yesterday's meeting in the Mont Clare Hotel near Leinster House was a follow on from the party's Ard Fheis earlier this year.

"At the party's recent Ard Fheis, a process to renew core values was launched," the spokesman said.

"This consultation process will involve every level of the organisation throughout the country. The parliamentary party had an extended discussion to feed into this process.

"Feedback from around the country will be used to develop proposals which will then be brought forward for formal adoption at the next Ard Fheis."

Irish Independent

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