A RECENT well attended meeting of the James O’Connor Fianna Fáil Cumann took place in the Tullamore Court Hotel and was chaired by Ms Stephanie Fitzpatrick filling in for Ms Kay Kennedy who could not be present on the night.
Those present discussed the recent visit to Tullamore by the new leader of Fianna Fáil, Mr Micheal Martin, to address the members of Fianna Fáil in Laois/Offaly was regarded as a great success. There was a very good interaction with the leader by members of the grass roots.
A presentation was carried out by Cllr Danny Owens to update Cumann members on the current status of the renewal of the Fianna Fáil party. A lot of good suggestions which have been input by members of the Comhairle Ceantair were outlined for consideration. Matters such as consolidation of Cumann’s, reviewing and updating of various policies, were some of the topics discussed.
An opportunity was then provided to James O’Connor Cumann members to give their views and opinions on reforming the party.
A long discussion took place on this item and a lot of good suggestions and opinions were put forward such as the type of voting mechanisms that may be used by Cumann’s in the future.
Cllr Sinead Dooley suggested that various speakers should be invited to Tullamore to present interesting topics to youth groups and pupils of various schools. Topics such as suicide prevention were suggested.
Cllrs McCormack, Rowland and Harvey suggested that there should be better social interaction between the party and local community. It was also suggested that if any member of the public has any ideas on topics and/or speakers who could be involved in community interaction the Cumann would be grateful to hear from them.
A minutes silence and prayers were offered for all recently deceased people in the community.