FF & FG in pact
Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael and Independent councillors Tom Crosby and Laurence Fallon stunned the remaining Independents on Roscommon County Council by moving at speed to agree a historic Coalition deal on Tuesday night.
The Roscommon People can reveal that the unlikely ‘Group of Ten’ finalised the pact at a late-night meeting in Hannon’s Hotel. The six Fianna Fáil councillors, two Fine Gael councillors and Independents Tom Crosby and Laurence Fallon signed a five-year Coalition deal that will see Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael share power on Roscommon County Council for the first time in decades. In brokering a deal so quickly, the new FF/FG/Independents alliance outmanouvered several Independents who were anxious to pursue an alternative Coalition. Would-be kingmaker Cllr. Tony Ward had favoured an Independent-led Coalition after voters in Roscommon returned nine Independent councillors in last Friday’s election. The new 18-strong Council is made up of six Fianna Fáil councillors, two Fine Gael, one Sinn Fein and nine Independents.
Cllr. Paschal Fitzmaurice of Fianna Fáil will be the first Cathaoirleach of the new Council, followed in year two by Cllr. Liam Callaghan (Fine Gael). Fianna Fáil will hold the coveted position of Cathaoirleach for three years. One of Cllr. John Naughten, Tom Crosby and Laurence Fallon will also serve a year in the role.
The pact, which has been signed by all parties to it, is set to be implemented when the first meeting of the new Council takes place on Friday, 7th of June next.