Ignore us at your peril’ – Fianna Fáil cumann calls for Micheál Martin to be replaced as party leader
The group, based in Slane, Co Meath, says the party needs someone capable of dealing with ‘our devious Government partners’
Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin. Photo: Gareth Chaney/Collins
March 01 2021 08:58 PM
A Fianna Fáil cumann in a minister’s constituency is calling for the replacement of leader Micheál Martin.
In a letter seen by Independent.ie, his departure is demanded by the entire officer board of the party cumann in Slane, Co Meath.
Mr Martin, who took over the party a decade ago, is said to have presided over its becoming a “laughing stock” on occasion.
“We need someone with fire in his/her belly,” said the signatories in an open letter-email to all Fianna Fáil TDs and some of the party’s senators.
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This needed to be “someone to lead the way forward, someone who is capable of dealing with our devious Government partners, and someone that will do what is right for our country,” the officers told the parliamentary party.
The successful candidate must be “someone that will reignite our pride in our once great party,” said the chairman, secretary, treasurer, PRO and others in the Meath organisation.
“You ignore us at your peril,” the ‘Save Our Party’ communication said.
It was sent from the email address of public relations officer Breda Roche.
“You have ignored us for the past seven years,” TDs and senators are told: “Micheál Martin is an honest hardworking person.
“We admire him for his achievements over the last number of years, but now we need someone with fire in his/her belly.
“We had a belief in a party that once was great, a party like a family unit; honest, caring and hardworking, and always at the back of the ordinary decent common man.”
But the email said: “We are disillusioned and abandoned. This is our last effort to try to regain our Fianna Fáil identity.