MYSTERY OVER FRANK’S NO SHOW
On foot of reports that he did not attend the annual general meeting of the Mitchelstown Fianna Fail Cumann, local county councillor, Frank O’Flynn this week declined to comment on the issue. When asked why he didn’t attend the AGM Cllr Flynn replied, “No comment.”
However, he went on to confirm his candidature in the June local elections.
“I will be a candidate at the local elections. I have already been selected. I was chosen before Christmas. My party notified me and I am honoured to be selected for Fianna Fail. All my energies will be going to retain the seat on the council for Fianna Fail,” he told The Avondhu.
Cumann secretary Michael White, when asked by The Avondhu as to why Cllr O’Flynn was not at the meeting also declined to comment. When asked if Cllr O’Flynn or indeed any other candidates have been selected from the Mitchelstown Cumann for the local elections next June, Mr White said, “ No candidates have been selected as of yet, but the Mitchelstown Cumann is 100% behind Cllr Kevin O’Keeffe.”
The Mitchelstown Fianna Fail Cumann annual general meeting was held on Monday, January 12 in Paki Fitz’s Pub. In his address to the meeting chairman Liam O’Brien spoke of the challenges that had been met in the past year and said that there were more challenges on the way if support for Fianna Fail was to be won back at the local elections later this year.
Deputy Ned O’Keeffe T.D. addressed the meeting and answered questions from the members. Deputy O’Keeffe said it was clear that Fianna Fail had, indeed, made errors and that he was particularly concerned with the health area. He stated his confidence in Fianna Fail providing the leadership necessary to guide the country through the present economic downturn.
Also at the meeting Cllr Kevin O’Keeffe addressed the cumann on local issues and spoke about his determination to gain support for grant aid for home improvements for the elderly and others that are in need. Cllr O’Keeffe thanked the cumann for their confidence in backing him for seeking election for another term.
Owen Dawson tendered his resignation as a member of Fianna Fail as his wife Kay is running for Fine Gael in the local elections. Cumann officers expressed their gratitude to Owen for all his hard work and insightful contributions to the meeting over the years.
The meeting closed with the election of officers, presided over by Deputy O’Keeffe. The results of the election were as follows: - Chairman Liam O’Brien; vice chairman Sean Hyland; hon. secretary Michael White; asst secretary Eddie Lynch. Treasurers Mary Carolan/Gerry O’Brien; PRO Dave Harrington. Vice Presidents John Casey, Joe Fitzgerald, Paddy Byrne and Bridie Hyland.
Thursday 22nd January 5:20pm