Fionnan Sheahan: Gallagher is aligned with Fianna Fail of the past
THE Galway tent was abolished once Brian Cowen became leader of Fianna Fail, but the culture didn't change in the party.
The high-profile racecourse marquee was replaced by low-key discreet gatherings in hotels where businessmen were invited to hand over €5,000 a head.
On the first night of July 2008, a select group of businessmen from the north-east region gathered in the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Dundalk. Among the 40 men present were business figures from the retail, hotels, property and food sectors in the area.