Tipperary natives Arthur Griffin and Leonie O’Connell have been elected to positions on the National Executive of Fianna Fáil following last weekend’s party Ard Fheis at the RDS in Dublin.
Arthur Griffin from Thurles is Chairman of Fianna Fáil in Tipperary and was elected as party Vice-President while Leonie O’Connell was re-elected to the Committee of 20.
The theme of the Ard Fheis was ‘A Fairer Way to Recovery’ and focused on tackling the mortgage crisis, protecting community services, supporting rural Ireland and ending socially regressive cuts that are damaging recovery.
Mr Griffin said: “The positive atmosphere and the energy we saw this weekend is testament to the fact that Fianna Fáil has a strong and vital role to play in the future of Irish politics. I want to thank all of those from Tipperary who attended the Ard Fheis and made their voices heard about the future of the party.
“It is a wonderful honour to be chosen by Fianna Fáil members to represent them on the National Executive as Vice-President. I want to thank all the party members who voted for me and I will endeavour to perform my role to the best of my ability. The grassroots of the party needs to have a greater say in how the party is run and I hope to provide a direct link to the Ard Comhairle for many local members.”
Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin congratulated both on their election: “I wish to congratulate Arthur and Leonie on their election to the Committee of 20 and I look forward to working with them.
“More than 4,000 Fianna Fáil members from communities across the country attended the 74th Fianna Fáil Ard Fheis last weekend. There was overwhelming support for plans to change how the party does its business last year, which we saw in practice with hundreds of motions voted on by delegates under the One Member One Vote system including one giving party membership a say in any future programmes for government. I know that Arthur and Leonie will have important contributions to make and be positive members of the executive.”