FIANNA FAIL FURORE OVER CANDIDATE ‘VOTE’ WHICH MEANT NOTHING

first_imgCllr James Pat McDaid is out of the running before a vote has been castA NEW furore has erupted inside Donegal Fianna Fail after a decision which excludes all but Charlie McConalogue and Pat The Cope Gallagher running for the party at the general election next year.There was some anger within the party when county party chairman Brendan Byrne organised ballots – asking members to vote on whether they wanted two candidates or three at the election.But party headquarters had already told the party hierarchy here that it will only allow TWO names to seek seats in the five-seat constituency. The decision effectively excludes members like James Pat McDaid from getting on the ballot paper.A Fianna Fail spokesman confirmed the party has decided there will only be one candidate.“So what the f*** was (Brendan) Byrne doing asking people to vote on it at party meetings over the past couple of weeks?” asked one exasperated and senior Fianna Fail member in the north west of the county.“The decision had been taken – but no-one bothered to tell us – the members of this party.” Due to geographical spread of the Fianna Fail membership and his popularity Pat The Cope will “walk his way onto the ballot paper” according to senior sources in the party.Deputy McConalogue has similar support.That now leaves Letterkenny/Finn Valley and Fanad wide open to other parties and independents, according to those who want a third candidate in Cllr James Pat McDaid.There were reports yesterday that party leader Micheal Martin has agreed to meet disaffected party members in the Dail next week, possibly Tuesday or Wednesday.This has led to a great deal of frustration among party members. The Tirconnaill Tribune also ran an extensive report on the internal party wranglings.The paper reported that one meeting in Ardara ended in a row after Byrne asked for a vote among members on who they believed should be on the ballot paper.Now it turns out those votes weren’t required – and won’t count – as party HQ has already decided the matter.FIANNA FAIL FURORE OVER CANDIDATE ‘VOTE’ WHICH MEANT NOTHING was last modified: September 18th, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Charile McConaloguefianna failJames Pat McDaidPat The Cope Gallagherlast_img read more

Donegal service station takes home prestigious industry award

first_imgAward-winning Donegal forecourt retailer Eddie Tobin has won another major industry prize for his service station Tobin’s on the Port Road, Letterkenny.After undergoing rigorous independent judging, Tobin’s Service Station won the Best Site with a Licence to Sell Alcohol Award at this year’s Ireland’s Forecourt & Convenience Retailer Awards.After claiming the coveted prize, Eddie said: “It feels fantastic to have won, it’s a great achievement. It’s very important to us to be considered alongside such high quality competition, and this has been a very close category, so we’re very happy.” (Pictured above: Eddie Tobin with category sponsor, Paul Hoy of Cashzone.)The awards on September 6th, hosted by Irish broadcaster Miriam O’Callaghan, celebrated the finest forecourt retailers from all across the island.The event also saw Topaz Dublin Port overcome world-class competition from throughout the island of Ireland to win the overall prize of Forecourt and Convenience Retailer of the Year.Ireland’s Forecourt & Convenience Retailer Awards is a pivotal event for the Irish forecourt industry, acting as a benchmark of excellence for the sector and a key driver of innovation and aspiration. The local forecourt industry has a significant and growing share of Ireland’s 18 billion Euro grocery and convenience market. While recognised as one of most advanced forecourt markets in world, the sector across Ireland also plays a significant role in local communities, providing support and assistance for many local clubs and charities.Ireland’s Forecourt & Convenience Retailer is Ireland’s number one trade publication for the retail and forecourt industry. Bill Penton, publisher of Ireland’s Forecourt & Convenience Retailer, welcomed the calibre of support and entries for this year’s awards.“These awards are an important institution for the industry, and the calibre of entries and people who attended the event is a reflection of the strength of not only the awards themselves but of the industry in general,” he said.“It’s an honour to have the opportunity to celebrate some of the most significant players in Irish business and see many of them give their support to these fantastic awards.”Donegal service station takes home prestigious industry award was last modified: September 12th, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:awardEDDIE TOBINforecourtretailerTobin’s Service Stationlast_img read more