FIANNA FAIL'S SECOND CUMANN ADDS TO SPLIT RUMOURS
It is believed that the national executive of Fianna Fail has approved the formation of a second cumann in Fermoy, increasing speculation of a split in the party locally.
Speaking to The Avondhu, Fermoy town councillor, Tim Carey said he was involved in the formation of the new cumann, which is yet to be named. Cllr Carey, who currently sits on Fermoy Town Council as an independent, said that he had yet to decide if he would run as a Fianna Fail candidate in the upcoming local elections.
When asked about the new cumann local Fianna Fail Cllr Frank O’Flynn, who is a member of the party’s national executive said that it was “an internal organisational matter” and refused to comment further.
Fianna Fail previously had a high-profile case when a second cumann was formed in Castlebar, Co. Mayo where the Castlebar Cumann and the Micheal O Morain Cumann were separate organisations within the town. The two groups were split over support for the Flynn family, including Beverly Flynn TD who recently rejoined the Fianna Fail parliamentary party.
The formation of a second cumann within a town the size of Fermoy has led to further speculation of a divide in the party locally between supporters of Cllr O’Flynn and those who back local TD Ned O’Keeffe.
Friday 13th February 8:19am