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Tuesday 30 September 2014

FG candidates ‘given unified line on SF’ by HQ

Published 24/05/2014 | 21:27

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Enda Kenny
Enda Kenny

ANNOYANCE is growing within FG council candidates over a warning e-mail sent out by the party hierarchy telling them how to respond to the rise of Sinn Fein.

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Less than four hours after counting started the party sent a warning e-mail to all of their council candidates about the appropriate position to take if asked about possible future council coalitions with Sinn Fein.

The memo, which was sent just after noon provided all Fine Gael candidates with ‘‘a line for you to use today if you are asked about the potential for alliances between Fine Gael & Sinn Féin in Local Government’’.

Councillors were told to inform any interviewers that ‘‘there is no point in speculating on what will happen before we sit down and discuss the necessary practical and policy arrangements to deliver on our priorities’’.

In a sop to their wounded Coalition partners the candidates were also warned to make it clear that if there is ‘‘an existing arrangement with the Labour Party you should stress that you would like it to continue if possible’’.

Speaking to the Sunday Independent one FG source noted ‘‘there is more democratic centralism in Fine Gael these days than the old DL. Council candidates are able to think on their own’’

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