Cowen to scrap FF tent at Galway Races

The new Taoiseach has decided to scrap the controversial Fianna Fáil fundraising tent at this year's Galway Races.

Brian Cowen broke the news at a meeting of the Fianna Fáil executive in Leinster House last night.

He also directed the party's general secretary, Sean Dorgan, to begin a review of Fianna Fáil's fundraising, recruitment and organisation.

The tent at the Galway Races has been one of the party's most high-profile and controversial fundraisers, bringing in tens of thousands of euros each year for the past 15 years.

The annual gathering has attracted some of the country's richest property developers and builders, as well as considerable negative publicity surrounding Fianna Fáil's links with such people.

More in this Section

The Lotto results are in...The Lotto results are in...

Flight diverts to Shannon with suspected fire on boardFlight diverts to Shannon with suspected fire on board

Irish tug sails over a third of the way to Canada to tow crippled cargo ship to safetyIrish tug sails over a third of the way to Canada to tow crippled cargo ship to safety

Two arrested in connection with murder of Malcolm McKeownTwo arrested in connection with murder of Malcolm McKeown


Lifestyle

It hasn’t been the ideal summer for observing the skies, but as we move into September we live in that almost annual hope of an Indian summer, writes Niall Smith.Skymatters: Enjoy the last of the summer stars and check out 'Vega'

Actually the lights were on when I got dressed this morning, says Luke Rix-Standing.11 things you’ll only know if you have no sense of style

Robert Hume unveils the Irishwoman who became the world’s first car accident fatality.Did you know an Irishwoman was the world’s first car accident fatality ... in 1869

Meet Lisa O’Doherty, the chief sommelier at The K Club.You've Been Served: Lisa O'Doherty of The K Club on life as a chief sommelier

More From The Irish Examiner