Breaking news this morning is that Cahir Tidy towns Chairman and former Fianna Fail Councillor, Andy Moloney has broken rank and will contest the forthcoming local elections as an Independent Candidate.
The new boundary changes mean that Cahir is now part of Clonmel and the Cahir area will face a huge challenge to hold onto representation after the May elections.
Moloney was Chairman of the Cahir Comhairle Ceanntar in 2007 when they elected Mattie McGrath to the Dail against the wishes of Fianna Fail on that occasion and subsequently contested a convention to fill McGraths seat on the council. When Mc Grath went Independent, Moloney stayed with FF but was told yesterday that HQ will not add a FF representative in the Cahir Town Area to replace a vacancy left by Don Davern.
At a meeting of the local cuman last night members expressed dissatisfaction with Fianna Fail and their treatment of grassroots members. Moloney feels that he has rolled up his sleeves since the 2009 elections and his involvement with Cahir Tidy Towns, GAA and Cahir Development Ass and more recently Operation Transformation and Meet & train in Cahir shows that he has the ability to get a job done and can lead Cahir into the new council with strong representation.
He has said that he did not leave FF but rather FF have left him.