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Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin and Senator Averil Power, with gay members of the Fianna Fail party, former Minister of State, Pat Carey (1st left) and Emma Murphy, Chairperson of the FF Dublin Sth West Branch (4th left), with Margaret Gill, from County Offaly, whose gay daughter, Barbara Gill, was killed in a cycling accident eight years ago, launching The Fianna Fail marriage referendum campaign in the Dean Hotel, Dublin last month

We were curious about [Averil] Power’s absence from much of Saturday’s [Marriage Referendum] celebrations. Some members of the Yes Equality group sought us out to say she had no ticket. They were angry about it. (Funnily enough, we knew this already. Late last week she canvassed neighbours of this column who asked her for tickets to Dublin Castle, only to be told that she didn’t actually have one herself.)

Still, Micheál was delighted with the result.

…And he paid tribute to those involved in managing the Yes campaign for what he termed “a very successful, very well thought out and strategic campaign”.

Power, meanwhile, finally secured a pass from the party press office. It didn’t allow her into the inner sanctum for the declaration. She wore it around her neck on a lanyard. The name on it was Doreen.

So does that matter? Well, it does. Because during the campaign, and in the run-up to it, Power was a one-woman show in the dismal Fianna Fáil marriage equality push.

Sadly, it seems the cute-hoor strain of old-school Fianna Fáil politics asserted itself when the potentially damaging issue of same-sex marriage became a live issue.

….Two months ago she printed up [Marriage Referendum] leaflets, then left the template with party headquarters which agreed to print them for politicians around the country.

According to Power, not one TD or Senator availed of the offer.

Miriam Lord: It’s no surprise that Averil Power has resigned from Fianna Fáil (Irish Times)

Yesterday: Power Outage


Meanwhile in Cork…

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Ken Curtin of Fianna Fáil


Last night.

Scenes in the Blackstairs mountains on the Carlow/Wexford border last night following a crash involving a light aircraft at around 2pm. Two men, named as Bryan Keane (69) and Paul Smith (58) both from Athboy in Meath died.

They had taken off from Ballyboy Airfield, near their home, yesterday morning in two-seater 182 Cessna .

Two men die in light aircraft crash on Blackstairs Mountains (RTÉ)

John Foley/South East Mountain Rescue