Delegates from Tipperary were pleased with the FF Ard Fheis

Fianna Fail in Tipperary have been greatly boosted after their party’s 73rd Ard Fheis. Thurles woman Leonie O’Connell has been elected to the party’s governing body, the Ard Comhairle.
Leonie (27) is a past pupil of Presentation Secondary School, Thurles and has gained her seat on the Ard Comhairle through her election to the party’s Commitee of 20.

(L to R) Vanessa Sheridan (FF Mayo), Arthur Griffin (Chair North Tipp FF CDC), Leonie O'Connell (FF Ard Comhairle, Thurles), Dennis O'Connell (Thurles), Eileen Dunne (Gortnahoe)

“I stood on a platform of renewal and that is how I intend to act on the Ard Comhairle. Renewal not just of party numbers, but of the party’s belief in republicanism and equality. I really thank the voters, particularly those from Tipp, who have given me this opportunity,” said Leonie, “I believe that we can win support from areas which we have never had it before. I want to extend special thanks to Richard Dunne, Cllr. Seamus Hanafin & Arthur Griffin for their support from the inital stages of the campaign, but of course this result would not be possible without the support of many current and former TD’s, Cllrs & Senators who campaigned on my behalf in both N & S Tipp.  Thank you also to my friends & family for their help; but also the many people from North and South Tipp who worked on my behalf and most importantly voted for me.  I am grateful for this opportunity to represent Tipperary N & S on the National Executive”

The party’s chairperson in North Tipp, Arthur Griffin, paid tribute to Leonie and all the campaign team who pulled Leonie over the line.
“Leonie is a fantastic addition to the upper echelons of the party. I think the whole of the North and South Tipp team can be proud of the work they did in supporting Leonie. It proves that we can work together in the best interests of the county. Special congrats are due to Richie Dunne, Eileen Dunne and Seamus Hanafin for their efforts in mobilising the troops,” said Arthur.

Youth officer Tim Maher PC congratulated Ogra in North Tipp for winning another place at the top table:
“North Tipp Ogra already has Ger Fogarty on the AC and. Leonie is a great addition. Together with Cllr Mattie Ryan, Fianna Fail in North Tipp has 3 talents on the committee and will help to reshape our party.”

Leonie is a daughter on Denis and Anne O’Connell, from Kilcommon and Thurles respectively.

Delegates from Tipperary were pleased with the Ard Fheis.
“This Ard Fheis has given us the tools we need to rebuild the organisation. We saw Micheal’s very sincere apology, which I know will have meant much to the very many people who supported us and were hurt in the recent past. We saw the party pass new ethical standards and the leader has stated he has no tolerance for anyone who acts inappropriately. We saw the introduction of new voting systems to allow all the party membership to select candidates and change policy. This Ard Fheis is the first step on the road to creating an FF Nua.  This party should be able to regain the trust of the Irish people by proving change is possible and empty promises mean nothing. We have many talented councillors on both county councils, these people are local and trusted in Tipperary. Our first job now must be to elect these people to the next council in order to provide good governance in the county,” stated Arthur Griffin

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