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Tuesday 17 October 2017

Councillors take on FG leadership in land row

Conor Kane

TWO Fine Gael councillors facing expulsion over their stance on a controversial rezoning have accused the party leadership of "arrogance" and of operating a "kangaroo court".

The claims are made in a letter sent by Cllrs Ann Marie Power and Maxine Keoghan, who have called on the party's national executive not to expel them over their refusal to back a Fine Gael colleague for the position of mayor of Tramore.

According to the two councillors, they did not vote in favour of Lola O'Sullivan for the mayoralty in June because she backed a controversial rezoning proposal for a piece of land outside Dungarvan in 2008. Ms O'Sullivan lost out on the position as a result.

The land was the subject of a garda investigation at the time and later became the centre of a criminal trial, when former Fine Gael councillor Fred Forsey Jnr was found guilty of accepting corrupt payments totalling €80,000 from a property developer in 2006.

Fine Gael headquarters said that it "does not comment on internal party procedures".

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