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    David Cochrane David Cochrane is offline
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    Sean Gallagher's Fianna Fail National Exec resignation letter obtained by Politics.ie

    Politics.ie has this evening obtained a copy of the letter from Independent Presidential Candidate Sean Gallagher where he "regretfully" resigns from the National Executive of Fianna Fail.

    The resignation letter (which was reported on by the Sunday Business Post's Niamh Connolly back in August) was sent to the party's General Secretary Sean Dorgan and is dated January 5th.

    Despite previous assertions that he resigned from Fianna Fail, this letter does not read to be a resignation from the party, but simply a resignation from the party's National Executive. Gallagher writes in the letter that he will continue to support the Fianna Fáil General Secretary and his colleagues. It would appear thus to offer continued support to Fianna Fail.

    Separate queries to both Fianna Fail and Sean Gallagher have been made this evening to establish whether or not Gallagher is actually still a member of Fianna Fail. Once answers are received, they'll be updated here.


    Three weeks after Gallagher sent his letter of resignation (from the National Executive) he launched Dara Calleary's Fianna Fail election election campaign in Mayo ("TV Dragon to launch Calleary's election campaign" - Mayo Today) and another three weeks after that Gallagher launched Charlie McConalogue's Fianna Fail election campaign in Donegal ("LIFE’S ONE BIG DRAG-ON THE ELECTION TRAIL FOR CHARLIE!" - Donegal Daily.com).

    Update at 20:45 - A spokesperson for Sean Gallagher has returned our call and says that Sean Gallagher is "definitely not" a member of Fianna Fail. I referred to the letter above and pointed out this was a letter resigning from the National Executive, and not from the party. Gallagher's spokesperson acknowledged this, and said that Gallagher did resign from the party.

    I asked if there was a letter similar to the one above where he resigns from the party, and was told "no". I asked for the date that Gallagher actually said he'd resigned from the party and his spokesperson was unable to answer the query only to say again that he was definitely not a member of the party any more.

    Update at 21:15 A Fianna Fail spokesperson has officially declined to say whether Sean Gallagher is or is not a member of Fianna Fail. The only comment that the spokesperson would offer was that "questions about him [Sean Gallagher] and his membership are a matter for him and his campaign team".

    I pointed out that an interpretation of this reply would be either they didn't know whether or not he resigned, or that he was actually still a member. The spokesperson declined to comment, only to offer the quoted line above again.
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    He3 He3 is offline

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    Good to see that out.
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    Great media handling by Gallagher. He wants to make his membership of, and participation in, the National Executive the issue, when in fact the real issue is his membership of, and participation in Fianna Fáil.
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    Greay coup for P.ie. He 'regretabbly' resigns for the Executive. Expect every FG canvasser to have his with them from next week on. Now when did he resign from the Party? Was he a delegate at the FF convention in East Meath earlier this year??
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    Great work David Cochrane.
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    Marcos the black Marcos the black is offline
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    Well done Dave, nice coup.
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    Interested to see how he plays this ....
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    So he remains a member of the party, yes?
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    FF too concerned with power - Gallagher - The Irish Times - Mon, Oct 03, 2011 gallagher said this week

    that he left Fianna Fáil because the party was not dealing with issues affecting ordinary people and had become too concerned with remaining in power

    yet

    in February he was lauching the campaigns of atleast 3 fianna fail candidates

    RT News - Stormy day on the campaign trail

    LIFE’S ONE BIG DRAG-ON THE ELECTION TRAIL FOR CHARLIE! | Donegal Daily

    TV Dragon to launch Calleary's election campaign | MayoToday.ie - Mayo News Updated Daily

    he left because he was on speaking tour not because he disagreed with their property/bank bubble policies

    and expressing continued support for the party
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    If he is an independent candidate in the presidental campaign, then on what date did Sean Gallagher resign all membership and all involvement with the Fianna Fail party? Dates? Resignation letter? Rewind the VT / audio interviews this guys gave since Jan 1 to present.
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