February 29, 2012
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MEMBERS of Fianna Fail in Co Donegal are split tonight after deputy leader Éamon Ó Cuív resigned. spoke to four different senior members of the party – two said they supported the stance taken by Éamon Ó Cuív, while two said they were backing party leader Micheál Martin.

Éamon Ó Cuív has also resigned as Communications Spokesperson.

Party leader Micheál Martin in a statement said he had accepted Mr Ó Cuív’s resignation from these positions.

Mr Martin said “Éamon’s refusal to support the Parliamentary Party’s position on the Fiscal Compact meant that it was no longer feasible for him to occupy these roles.”

Speaking on RTE’s SixOne News Mr Ó Cuív said that Micheál Martin rang him at 4pm today, saying he was to resign and was no longer a member of the front bench.

Mr Ó Cuív said the Taoiseach should “go back” to Brussels to get concessions for Ireland before the treaty could be passed, including a “writedown of banking debt.”

One of those here who supports Ó Cuív here in the county told us: “This is the end of Martin as far as I am concerned. Eamon knows the people and knows what they are thinking – Martin doesn’t.”

However another senior party member in the county said “most supporters” in Co Donegal backed the party leader.

“It’s a very sad day for the party but it is bigger than any one man and Michael Martin is the only one capable of taking us forward,” he said.



  1. i cant foresee michael martin lasting much longer as leader of ff He is no leader when all he wants is to get the people of ireland into more austerity ff are focked about right and i hope they never see the light of day as a majority party in dail eirenn again

  2. Seriously, does anyone give a rats arse what Eamonn O Cuiv or the entire Fianna Fail PParty does or doesn’t do. Along with O Dea and Martinhe was at cabinet table when this country was steered onto the rocks and the result is plain for all to see. For him to cry boo hopo now is pathetic. And the sight of Mary Coughlan sitting beside Miceal Martin in Glenties in was staggering.

  3. why are those people who make statements not named after all they are elected people they are either for o:cuiv or aagainst him so name them

  4. Charlie McConalogue was at the same protest outside the Dáil today as Ó Cuív so he’s probably one of those backing him.

  5. Hard to care what a bunch of FF sleveens and goms fall out over. It is not as if they give a toss about this country.

  6. What about Eamon O’Cuiv forming his own Independent Fianna Fail Party.
    Donegal might just back that plan because it is a part of our tradition. This county has already backed an Independent Fianna Fail Party for 37 years and when it collapsed a big slice of the inspiration it generated disappeared and politics is much worse off as a result.
    But now Sinn Fein has taken over that mantle…so why does O’Cuiv and his fellow travellers not join them?

  7. Good to see, dismantel the party altogether, dismantel all parties, they are killing this country. Indo FF possibly could regroup since blaneys left but i doubt it. But in sayin that, there is a hunger for new politics. not many have faith in FG, Lab, FF or SF so their is oppurtunities for people..

  8. Why is O’ Cuiv only realising the problem with the scale of the banking debt now? Where was he when the IMF deal was agreed and Anglo was nationalised? Any intelligent person will see through this opportunist rubbish. And why can’t the FF people in Donegal reveal who they are? Because the vast majority of FF grassroots are sheep who don’t want to upset the leadership.

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