Suicide campaigner is new chairman of Fine Gael parliamentary party
Dan Neville move will be seen as a reverse for Taoiseach Enda Kenny
FINE Gael TD for Limerick, Dan Neville, is the new chairman of the parliamentary party in an outcome which will be seen as a reverse for Taoiseach Enda Kenny.
Mr Neville was elected by TDs, Senators and MEPs last night in place of outgoing chairman Charlie Flanagan who was last week named Minister for Children.
He defeated Deputy Paudie Coffey of Waterford who had the support of the party leadership.
Mr Neville, aged 67, is a party veteran who has been at Leinster House since 1989, first as a Senator and later as a TD from 1997, but he is also known to have the support of many of the younger FG TDs.
He is well known for his campaigning to raise awareness about suicide and helping those bereaved in this way.
Deputy Neville is co-founder and president of the Irish Association of Suicidology and a campaigner on mental health issues.
He served as a member of Limerick County Council from 1985 until 2003.