Fianna Fail

  • The time has come to pull the plug on the Fianna Fail confidence and supply agreement with the Government, according to Castlebar Councillor, Al McDonnell.

    Speaking at the launch of the party’s local election candidates in the Castlebar Municipal District at the Ivy Tower Hotel at the weekend,  Fianna Fail cllr Al McDonnell said he perceived a very positive response to Fianna Fail in the lead up to the local and European elections.

    However, he said, there was strong grassroots support from Fianna Fail party members for an end to the current confidence and supply agreement.

    " I think the time has come to pull the plug on Leo and his government” cllr McDonnell told those gathered.

  • Political party leaders will be briefed on the response to the Coronavirus this afternoon.

    It comes as Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil are due to finalise a document setting out how a coalition between the two will work.

    That's likely to be finalised tomorrow and go to smaller parties over the weekend to consider.

    Both parties are looking for a third group to come on board in order to bring stability to any coalition deal.

  • Councillor Donagh Killilea will join sitting TD Anne Rabbitte on the Fianna Fáil ticket in Galway East.

    The party will now run two candidates in the three seat constituency where sitting TDs Ciaran Cannon and Seán Canney are fighting to retain their seats.

    The party has now decided to add the Tuam based councillor being to the General election race.

    He is the third generation of a political dynasty with both his father and grandfather serving as TDs.

    His late father Mark Killilea had a decorated political career serving as a county councillor, Senator and MEP as well as a TD.

  • Mayo TD Dara Calleary has resigned as deputy leader of Fianna Fáil.

    Taoiseach Micheál Martin confirmed the move on national radio this morning, as the fallout continues from last week’s controversial Oireachtas Golf Society dinner in Clifden.

    Ballina-based TD Dara Calleary, who has held the position of deputy leader since 2018, was among a number of politicians who attended the controversial Oireachtas Golf Society event.

    He tendered his resignation as Agriculture Minster on Friday morning, and has since resigned as deputy leader and national secretary of the party.


  • Fianna Fáil has announced a major re-shuffle of its front bench.

    Micheál Martin has appointed Ballina based deputy  Dara Calleary as the deputy leader of the party, a position which had been vacant for years.

    Barry Cowen has been moved to Public Expenditure, with Darragh O'Brien taking the Housing brief.

    Stephen Donnelly has been appointed Health Spokesperson while Billy Kelleher moves to the jobs portfolio.

    Castlebar’s Lisa Chambers is the new spokesperson on Brexit, Niall Collins moves to Foreign Affairs, while Jack Chambers will join the front bench as Spokesperson on Defence.


  • Deputy Eugene Murphy  has expressed his shock at the addition of Cllr Orla Leyden to the Fianna Fáil ticket in Roscommon/Galway, claiming he was told by Cllr Leyden and Senator Terry Leyden that she was not going to run to help retain the Fianna Fail seat in the constuituency.

    However the sitting Fianna Fail TD wished Cllr Leyden well in the election campaign.

    Deputy Murphy says that as Fianna Fail's Spokesperson on the OPW and Flood Relief he has worked hard tackling issues which affect the everyday life of people and that his campaign will be focused on Healthcare, Climate Change and rural revitalisation.

  • The National Council for Special Education is conducting a survey at present to assess the educational needs of children with special needs.

    According to Sligo based Fianna Fail deputy Eamon Scanlon, it’s very important that parents and guardians of children with special educational needs respond to the questions asked.

    The deputy says, many parents are not aware of the survey and he is urging anyone with an interest in the educational needs of children with special needs to take a few minutes and complete the survey, as he says it will be the basis of further services provided.

  • Fianna Fáil's parliamentary party meets later for the first time since it lost eight seats in the general election.

    The party is split on what to do next and whether or not to work with Sinn Féin.

    Fianna Fáil election candidates have been licking their wounds for the past few days, and the party has felt a sense of shellshock.

    Many expected them to comfortably be the largest party in the Dáil.

    Instead it lost 8 seats and leads Sinn Féin by just one TD.

    The reduced parliamentary party gathers in Leinster House later today with plenty wanting to air their views about what went wrong to the party leadership.

    It will be Micheál Martin's first time addressing the group since the election.

    The party also has to decide what to do next, and is completely split on whether or not to do business with Sinn Féin.

    Some see it as political pragmatism, that the numbers are the numbers and the will of the people.

    While others say they would entirely reject the idea of government with Sinn Féin.

    The parties will continue to hold exploratory meetings, with the Social Democrats planning to talk to Sinn Féin, Fianna Fáil and the Greens.

    Serious negotiations are not yet underway, as it’s still the very early stage of what may be a long process.

  • Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael will hold a referendum to cap land prices quickly if they succeed in forming a government.

    The framework between the two parties published last week referred to their willingness to tackle land costs.

    The Sunday Business Post reports that the two parties have privately agreed to hold a referendum asking voters to give the state the power to cap land prices.

    The level of the cap has not yet been decided.

    The land development agency and councils would be given the power to acquire housing land at the capped prices using compulsory purchase orders.

  • Fianna Fail claim the lack of Emergency Consultant cover at 9 of the country's EDs is not best patient safety practice.

    The party is calling on the government to ensure adequate staffing levels at Emergency Departments around the country.

    It says the situation has been ongoing for two years and many of the hospitals have seen significant increases in overcrowding.

  • Fianna Fail is accusing the government of "playing politics" over an economic impact report into the Mercosur trade deal.


    Under the agreement, 99,000 tonnes of beef will be imported into the EU from South America each year - a move that's been heavily criticised by Irish farmers.


    It'll be mid-2020 before an assessment into its economic impacts on Ireland will be complete, according to the Agriculture Minister.


    But Fianna Fail's Agriculture spokesperson, Charlie McConalogue, wants it published sooner

  • There's a call on the HSE to lift the recruitment freeze on mental health staff.


    Fianna Fail TD James Browne says nearly 20 per cent of psychiatric nursing posts are unfilled.


    He's describing it as unacceptable, and having a negative impact on mental health services across the country.


    Deputy Browne says the Government isn't doing enough to fill these posts:

  • Fianna Fail says a record high in outpatient waiting list marks a grim month for the overcrowding crisis in the country's hospitals.

    The party's new health spokesperson says 504,111 patients were left waiting for appointments, as hospital waiting lists continue to rise.

    Deputy Stephen Donnelly says that's the highest total ever recorded.

    With one in ten Irish people waiting for an appointment - Deputy Donnelly has accused the Government of a complete lack of urgency in tackling the problem.

  • All seats in the 33rd Dáil have been filled with Fianna Fáil the largest party by only one seat.

    No party has more than 40 seats in what is the most fractured Dáil in history.

    Cavan Monaghan was the final constituency to declare with the two sitting Fianna Fáil TDs Brendan Smith and Niamh Smyth re-elected.

    That pushed Micheál Martin's party out to 38 seats, the most by one party, but Fianna Fáil's second worst ever election result.

    Sinn Féin has had its best ever election, with Mary Lou McDonald just one behind Fianna Fáil on 37 seats.

    Fine Gael managed to get 35 TDs elected, better than the 2002 result even though they got a smaller percentage of the vote.

    There's 12 Green TDs in this Dáil, 4 times what Eamon Ryan had four weeks ago.

    Labour lost a seat to return 6 TDs, while the Social Democrats won 4 extra to also return 6.

    Five Solidarity People Before Profit TDs join Aontú's Peadar Toibin and 20 Independents.

    No combination of the largest two parties can form a government, meaning there could be many weeks of negotiations ahead as politicians examine the historic result of this election and try to shape it into a government.


  • Fianna Fail has opened up a 12 point lead on Fine Gael according to the latest opinion poll.

    Published in the Sunday Times, it's the first since campaigning started in the general election and is a timely boost for Micheal Martin, but disastrous for the Taoiseach.

    The last Sunday Times/Behaviour and Attitudes poll a month ago had both Fine Gael and Fianna Fail neck and neck on 27 percent.

    However, this latest survey, carried out during the RIC commemoration controversey this month, shows a 12 point gap's opened up between the country's two biggest political parties.

    According to the poll, Fianna Fail now sits on 32 percent, up five, while Fine Gael has dropped seven points to 20 percent.

    Sinn Fein, down one, is now only one point behind Fine Gael on 19 percent.

    Meanwhile the Greens have gained one point and are now on seven percent while Labour are down two to four percent.

    Elsewhere Solidarity/People Before Profit drop one to two percent, Renua are up one to one percent and the Social Democrats are unchanged at one percent.

    923 people were asked their views in the poll between January 2nd and 14th.

  • Tributes have been paid today to the late TD for Mayo East and former Minister, Ballina based,  Sean Calleary who died at the weekend.

    He was a member of Dáil Éireann from 1973 to 1992 and was a native of Killala and was a civil engineer by profession.

    The leader of Fianna Fail Micheal Martin has today described Sean as a colossus in politics and a huge loss to Mayo and nationally.

    While Ballina councillor Annie Mae Reape said Sean was a gentleman.

    Sean Calleary served as Minister of State at the Department of Public Service, at the Department of Trade, Commerce and Tourism and at the Department of Foreign Affairs .

    He was also a former councillor on both Mayo county council and Ballina Urban council.

    Mr. Calleary was also well known in sporting circles as a prolific athlete and sports enthusiast.

    Hi father Phelim was a TD for Mayo North from 1952 to 1969, while his son Dara is the current Deputy Leader of Fianna Fáil and a TD for Mayo since 2007.

    He is survived by his wife Doris, daughter Siofra, son's John, Conall and Dara, grandchildren, and wider family.

    The leader of Fianna Fail Micheal Martin says Sean was a colossus in Irish politics but particularly in Mayo politics and many in the party are greatly saddened by his passing.

    Ballina based Fianna Fail councillor Annie Mae Reape was a former secretary to the late Minister. She described Sean as a gentleman.

    Former Taoiseach Enda Kenny served in the Dail and on Mayo county council with Sean Calleary

    He has described Sean as a fearless defender of Ballina and Mayo. He says as an engineer, Sean brought the quality of strategic thinking to his politics, particularly in respect of the development of the West.

    As a young deputy, Seán Calleary often gave him advice on particular political difficulties that arose.

    He says “as a rugby player, Seán understood what team effort was like and brought that to fruition with his native Ballina. He was also an avid supporter of Mayo senior footballers over the years. Ballina has lost one of its finest sons", Enda Kenny concluded.

    Minister for Rural and Community Development Michael Ring, has expressed his condolences to the family of the late Sean Calleary.
    He says he was very sorry to learn of his passing saying he served the people of Mayo and Ireland very well as a TD and Minister.

  • Fianna Fáil's Jim O'Callaghan is reported to be under pressure from party colleagues to challenge Micheál Martin's leadership.

    The Sunday Times says he's been approached by TDs unhappy with the presidential style approach used in the general election.

    Some TD's criticised the party's constituencies committee for errors, giving the example of selecting Cllr Orla Leyden to run in Roscommon Galway for the General election.

    The Fianna Fáil councillor lives 20 miles away from sitting TD Eugene Murphy, who lost the Fianna Fáil seat in the constituency.

    Political Correspondent with INM, Hugh O'Connell, says a challenge to the leadership of Fianna Fáil is looking likely.

  • If you only have sheep in your herd you cannot tax your vehicle commercially which is ridiculous according to a Fianna Fail Local Candidate.

    Eamon Moore from Crossmolina who is seeking to win a seat in the upcoming elections in the Ballina constituency says he has been inundated from sheep farmers over the weekend voicing their frustration with this anomaly.

    Mr. Moore says Mayo is the only county that has brought in this law that a farmer has to have cattle to tax their vehicle commercially.

  • The Government must now more than ever seriously examine the proposals put forward by Fianna Fail to allow Credit Unions to provide loans to those wishing to purchase a home.

    Fianna Fail’s Deputy Leader, Mayo TD Dara Calleary says an internal document from the Department of Housing details how further approvals are not currently being issued for the Rebuilding Ireland Home Loan.

    The Housing Minister has confirmed that the scheme will be reopening as soon as possible for the ten local authorities affected, however Deputy Calleary says alternatives must be looked at to prevent this problem from happening again.

  • TDs in Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil will be briefed on policy discussions between the two parties later as the Dáil meets for a second time.

    A six hour discussion between the two parties has not changed Fine Gael's position that it wants to head for the opposition benches.

    The Dáil will discuss the Coronavirus and the upcoming EU summit when it meets but there won't be votes to elect a Taoiseach.

    Fianna Fáil's Michael McGrath says they are willing to step up efforts to form the next government after meeting Fine Gael yesterday.