Former ICMSA president selected to run for Fianna Fail in Tipperary
Former Irish Creamery Milk Suppliers Association president Jackie Cahill has been selected to run for Fianna Fáil in the new Tipperary constituency in the next general election.
Mr Cahill, a first-term county councillor, defeated four candidates at last night’s (Wednesday) selection convention in Thurles including former Minister of State and long-term government adviser Dr Martin Mansergh.
Surprisingly, Dr Mansergh polled the least (37) amount of first preferences among the 852 votes cast at the convention.
Jackie Cahill, from Thurles, won 260 first preferences and was 40 behind Michael Smith Jnr - a son of former Minister and long-time TD Michael Smith in the first count.
However, he made up ground on subsequent counts and was elected on the fourth round, pulling, ending up with 454 votes to Mr Smith’s 381.
The candidates for the single nomination were Jackie Cahill, Dr Mansergh, and other county councillors Siobhan Ambrose, Imelda Goldsboro and Michael Smith Jnr.
A second candidate is expected to be added to the Tipperary ticket by party headquarters in the coming months in an attempt to provide geographical balance across the large county.
About 980 delegates from across the county were eligible to vote in last night’s convention and most of them did. Reflecting on the large attendance, Comhairle Dáil Ceantair (county organisation) chairman Arthur Griffin said: “They told us we were dead, they told us we were gone. Ladies and gentlemen, tonight they got their answer.”
The next general election will be the first to see a unified five-seat Tipperary constituency, replacing the outgoing Tipperary South and Tipperary North three-seaters. Six outgoing TDs along with the Fianna Fáil candidate or candidates will contest the five seats.
Currently representing the county are Fine Gael minister of state Tom Hayes and his party colleague Noel Coonan; minister for the environment Alan Kelly of the Labour Party and independents Michael Lowry, Mattie McGrath and Séamus Healy.