In the midst of this presidential election everyone is talking about (tongue firmly in cheek), Fianna Fail have their gaze set on an all more important prize than the highest office in the land. The Fianna Fail organization in Roscommon have letters out seeking nominations for next summer’s local election. Nominations for candidates to contest the selection convention in the Boyle Local Electoral Area must be returned to Fianna Fail headquarters by 5 pm on the 30th of October.
Rumour has it, that former parliamentary assistant to Eugene Murphy TD, Selina Galvin, has secured the five nominations she requires to contest the convention, should she choose to use them. The extremely capable businesswoman and community activist is a well-known member of Fianna Fail and has been for some years now. She is a bright, dynamic, and competent operator and will be a serious contender if she chooses to go forward.
It is understood that Patsy Feehily, a mechanic from Strokestown and life-long friend of Eugene Murphy, has opted not to put his name forward at convention. However, PJ Murray, also from Strokestown, is understood to be open to receiving a nomination, but has not yet been actively canvassing. Sitting county councillor, Joe Murphy, is assumed to have the requisite nominations also.
Fianna Fail’s John Cummins (Boyle), Rachel Doherty (Cootehall), and Joe Murphy (Strokestown) currently hold three of the six seats in the Boyle Municipal District, making it the strongest party in the area. The other seats are held by; Fine Gael councillor Liam Callaghan (Castlerea), Sinn Fein councillor Michael Mulligan (Ballaghaderreen), and independent councillor Valerie Byrne (Elphin).
Fianna Fail may well adopt a multi-candidate strategy in the greater Strokestown area in order to ensure they retain their foothold in the area, which may see Joe Murphy joined on the ticket. Fianna Fail will certainly have to run a candidate from the Ballaghaderreen area also, given that they have no sitting councillor in that part of the municipal district. Given this, it may be possible that Fianna Fail would run five candidates in the expectation of securing three seats. That’s assuming that they realise that they cannot increase their seat count in the electoral area. If they do adopt this strategy, Ms Galvin is perfectly positioned to run along with candidates in Strokestown and Ballaghaderreen.