Fianna Fail's Cllr. Mattie Ryan was elected chairman of Tipperary County Council this afternoon in Clonmel.
The Nenagh man takes over from the out-going Cllr. Phyl Bugler after beating off the challenge of Independent councillor Jim Ryan by twenty three votes to fourteen.
The Fianna Fail /Fine Gael pact stood firm with Cllr. Ryan nominated after getting his party approval prior to the County Council AGM over Cllr. Michael Smith who had expectations of getting the party nomination.
Cllr David Doran (Sinn Fein) said Fianna Fail had "shafted their own" and had safeguarded their own TD. He said the "dogs on the street" knew that the man proposed was not the man that was supposed to get it.
Cllr. Ryan (Coole) was first elected to North Tipperary county Council in 1991. He was proposed by Cllr. Roger Kennedy (FF) and seconded by Cllr.Mary Hanna Hourigan (FG.
Huge divisions within Fianna Fail in the county were displayed at the AGM.
County Manager Joe McGrath paid tribute to the out-going chairman and praised her work on promoting tourism, improving rural broadband and bringing investment to the county.
Cllr. Jim Ryan, who was proposed for chairman, said an “agreement was an agreement” and that what happened on the election of the chairman tainted the council and damaged Fianna Fail in the county,
What happened in Fianna Fail he said, reminded him of "two children fighting over a bar of chocolate".
Clonmel councillor Michael Murphy won the contest for Vice Chairman beating off the challenge of Martin Browne (SF) by twenty nine votes to eight.