Fianna Fail Deputy Jackie Cahill
Current sitting TD Jackie Cahill had more than 100 votes to spare over the combined candidates in the field at the Tipperary Selection Convention held in Thurles tonight
Current Tipperary TD Jackie Cahill wiped the field at the Fianna Fail Selection Convention held in The Anner Hotel, Thurles tonight when he polled 535 of a possible 933 votes cast by the party faithful.
The Thurles based farmer was 295 votes ahead of his nearest rival, Cllr Michael Smith and pledged to work as hard as he has done since his election to Dail Eireann to bring the party back to its strongest possible position.
Cllr Michael Smith - second to Deputy Jackie Cahill
In doing that Deputy Cahill suggested that a second candidate should be added to the Fianna Fail ticket for the General Election, and that candidate should come from the South Tipperary area - Cllrs Siobhan Ambrose and Imelda Goldsboro also contested the Selection Convention and are in strong positions, geographically at least, to be added to the ticket. Cllr Ambrose received 111 votes while Cllr Goldsboro received 47 votes. Cllrs Smiths 240 votes came second to Deputy Cahill but he would seem to be at a disadvantage in terms of being added to the ticket as he too hails from the old North Tipperary constituency.
The venue was packed to capacity and there was a length delay as a dispute arose over the identity of a number of voters who arrived without ID to cast their vote.