Friday 21 July 2017

FG members seek a review of convention process after Perry case

Fine Gael's John Perry Credit: Tom Burke
Fine Gael's John Perry Credit: Tom Burke
Kevin Doyle

Kevin Doyle

Fine Gael members will debate the procedures for selecting election candidates at its Ard Fheis today.

The party's National Executive received a number of motions seeking changes to how party headquarters operates.

It comes in the wake of the High Court case taken by TD John Perry after he lost out at the Fine Gael selection convention for his Sligo-Leitrim constituency.

Mr Perry was added to the ticket last month after heavily criticising the party hierarchy.

Another motion asks the Executive Council to consider applying term limits and gender quotas to the election of its members.

A Carlow branch has submitted a motion asking for Fine Gael "to invest in automatic number plate recognition and the installation of CCTV, including at motorway junctions, in order to assist An Garda Síochána in the fight against crime across rural Ireland".

In health, support is being sought for a motion proposing more physical education be taught in schools.

Irish Independent

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