In this week’s Roscommon People newspaper, Fianna Fail by-election candidate, Cllr. Ivan Connaughton calls for the resignation of his party leader, Deputy Micheal Martin.
Connaughton was pipped at the post at the Roscommon/South Leitrim election in October. While he topped the poll with 22% of the vote, he was beaten by the transfer friendly, Independent, Michael Fitzmaurice who was supported by Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan MEP. The by-election was called because of Ming leaving the Dail when he won a seat in the European parliament.
Cllr. Connaughton originally ran for FF in the 2011 General Elections, and was unsuccessful, although he was elected to the county council for South Roscommon last May.
On the Roscommon People’s twitter page, they reveal that they have an exclusive interview with Connaughton where he calls for Micheal Martin’s resignation. Two other tweets from the paper reveal quotes from Connaughton, which seem to display frustration.
The 31 years old Athleague based politician said that he will not run for the Dail again unless Micheal Martin is replaced as FF leader. He also said that he “was left offering nothing on Roscommon County Hospital,” during the by-election.
Three opinion polls this weekend shows little change in the fortunes of Fianna Fail. They were 17% at the 2011 General Elections, and the latest polls put them between 18-19%.
Ivan Connaughton calls on Micheal Martin to resign as FF leader in an exclusive interview with Paul Healy in The People on Monday
“I was left offering the people nothing on Ros Co Hospital,” -Ivan Connaughton slams FF HQ exclusive interview on Roes People out Monday morning.
Ivan Connaughton says that he will not run for the Dail again unless Michael Martin is replaced as FF leader in the People on Monday