Clon resignations spark FF crisis

A CALL has been made for peace talks to resolve a crisis within Fianna Fáil caused when four of the party’s local election candidates resigned after a TD’s stepdaughter was added to the ticket.

In a shock move on Friday, April 4, the four candidates for Clonakilty Town Council resigned in protest when news broke that Anne Cullinane, the stepdaughter of Cork South-West TD Christy O’Sullivan, was also in the running.

Kieran O’Gorman, chairman of the local cumann, Catherine O’Callaghan, John Loughlan and Padraig O’Reilly all resigned in protest at what they saw as the imposition of Ms Cullinane.

Her step-father, Mr O’Sullivan, said yesterday: “I have requested my local cumann in Clonakilty to meet again to examine ways in which we can move the situation forward.”

The deputy vehemently denied that he had any input into having his step daughter selected.

The four original Fianna Fáil candidates were selected last September.

However, they were surprised when they went for interviews last February with party headquarters officials to discover Anne Cullinane among the gathering.

Some viewed the move as Mr O’Sullivan attempting to consolidate his power base, an allegation that he has denied.

The TD surprised many by winning a seat for Fianna Fáil in the Cork South-West constituency at his first official outing.

In the meantime he ensured his son, Christopher junior, was co-opted on to his vacant seat in Cork County Council.

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