Former Junior Minister, TD, Senator and Councillor Dr Sean McCarthy from Cashel has been elected to head up the Fianna Fail organisation in County Tipperary for the year ahead. Dr McCarthy was elected unopposed at the AGM of Tipperary Fianna Fail in Cashel.
He succeeds Arthur Griffin who was elected as the first chairperson of the united North and South Tipperary Comhairle Dail Ceanntairs four years ago.
Mr. Griffin, who is also national vice President of Fianna Fail, thanked the organisation and officer board for all their help over the past four years. He said that when he took over as chairperson “morale in Fianna Fail was on the floor, we were on 13% in the opinion polls, we suffered a catastrophic loss of seats in the General election, we had no seat in Tipperary and we ran no campaign for the presidency”.
But they formed a new Comhairle Dail Ceanntair in Cashel that night and now have the second biggest party organisation in the country in terms of membership. He claimed that the general election will be crucial for Fianna Fail and he wished candidate Cllr Jackie Cahill well.
Dr McCarthy thanked Arthur Griffin for his service. He also congratulated the new officer board and said he was very humbled to serve as the new chairman. He also congratulated Cllr Seamus Hanafin on his election as Mayor of County Tipperary and Cllr John Hogan as Mayor of the Thurles/Templmore Municipal area. The meeting was also addressed by Senator Labhras O Murchu as well as a number of councillors.
The new officer board elected is Chair, Sean McCarthy (Cashel); Vice Chairmen, Cristeoir McGrath (Clonmel) and Paddy Ryan (Gortnahoe); Secretary, Neil Ryan (Ballycahill); Treasurers, Eamon Power (Tipp Town) and Pat Fanning (Moyne); PRO, Sean Ryan (Littleton); Youth Officer, Tim Maher (Clonmore); Director of Organisation, Frank Begley (Tipp Town); and IT Officer, PJ Ryan (Gortnahoe).