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Micheal Martin lavish in his praise for Deputy Jackie Cahill

Party Leader does not expect Bertie Aherne back in the party fold

Noel Dundon


Noel Dundon


Micheal Martin

Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin

Fianna Fail Leader Micheal Martin visited Tipperary today and says he does not expect to see former Taoiseach Bertie Aherne back in the party fold any time soon. He was also lavish in his praise for Tipperary Jackie Cahill who has shown 'incredible energy and leadership' since being elected. 

Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin has praised the energy and leadership of newly elected Tipperary TD Jackie Cahill as he went on a whistle stop tour of the south of the constituency opening offices in Cahir, Carrick-on-Suir, Clonmel and Tipperary town.

Speaking to The Tipperary Star, Mr Martin said he was hugely impressed with the work Deputy Cahill has undertaken in such a short timeframe, especially in helping to unify the party and mobilise the troops. And, he revealed that the next target for Fianna Fail will be to win a second seat in the Tipperary constituency.

Deputy Jackie Cahill pictured at Leinster House.

However, asked about the rumoured return of former leader Bertie Aherne to the fold, Mr Martin said that he could not see it happening. The news had come 'like a bold out the blue' he said, adding that Mr Aherne had effectively retired from politics.

See next weeks Tipperary Star for a full and comprehensive interview with Mr Martin on a range of topics.