Independent South Tipperary TD Mattie McGrath claimed in the Dail that a “cabal” in Fianna Fail in South Tipperary set out to disgrace him and there was political interference in the criminal prosecution brought against him four years ago and of which he was cleared of all charges in the circuit court.
The former Fianna Fail TD made his sensational claims in a speech on the Mahon Tribunal’s final report in the Dail last Wednesday and called for a garda inquiry into the case brought against him in 2007/2008 because he alleged there was “political interference at the highest level”.
He also separately called for a Garda inquiry into certain planning matters in Clonmel and claimed that a former member of a local authority had been “bullied” to vote in a certain way and wanted to clear his name.
Deputy McGrath, who left Fianna Fail before the last General Election, said he had thousands of friends in Fianna Fail, who were impeccable people who served their party and country without expecting anything. But the carry on of a small number of people was hurting these party members.
And he said Fianna Fail leader Michael Martin had to deal with what was left of a “cabal” in the party in South Tipperary, whom he claimed were the “absolute architects of armageddon for the party, for the country and for the county”.
He said Deputy Martin had a hard job to do in putting Fianna Fail back on the road and he had to reach out over that cabal to the ordinary decent people of the Fianna Fail party in Tipperary South and beyond.
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