FF Cumann's anger over Martin
Following a special meeting on Fianna Fáil leader Michael Martin's decision to declare his intention to vote in favour of repealing the 8th Amendment in mid-January, New Ross Fianna Fail Cumann members voted unanimously to express their disappointment in him.
A large crowd attended the meeting in New Ross at which concern was expressed at the manner in which their party president, Micheal Martin TD, disclosed his intentions 'prematurely' to the Dail in relation to the 8th amendment. 'This was especially in view of the stance adopted by the Ard Fheis in October, at which members of the New Ross Fianna Fail Cumann were in attendance,' a Cumann spokesperson said.
The vote was taken by a show of hands. 'It was a general consensus and we were totally opposed to how it was handled and the way he announced how he was voting himself. There was a feeling of general disappointment. Members respected the fact he has his own vote but the way it was announced without telling members first is what really annoyed them and the fact that most were not in favour of repealing the 8th amendment. It wasn't the party leadership they were talking about, but the party leader's actions.'
Following the meeting an email of support was sent to TDs Bobby Aylward, John McGuinness, Mary Butler, Eamonn O'Cuiv.
New Ross Standard