Saturday 21 October 2017

Fianna Fáil councillor threatens legal action over selection vote

Sean Dorgan, General Secretary of Fianna Fail
Sean Dorgan, General Secretary of Fianna Fail
Philip Ryan

Philip Ryan

A FIANNA Fáil councillor has threatened legal action against his own party over a decision to allow nine members to move constituency ahead of a selection convention.

Fingal county councillor Jack Chambers wrote to Fianna Fáil general secretary Seán Dorgan claiming the party was breaking its own rule by allowing the members to move.

Mr Chambers is going head-to-head with fellow Fingal county councillor David McGuinness in the party's internal election to become the party's Dublin West candidate in the General Election.

Members of Fianna Fáil's St Margaret cumann were registered to vote in the Dublin Fingal convention but asked to move to the Dublin West after constituency boundary changes.

The request was initially turned down by headquarters but granted following an appeal process.

Mr Chambers has complained he was not made aware of the appeal and was not allowed to make representations to the party before the decision was made.

He is understood to have said the decision was contrary to the principles of "natural justice" and demanded that the issue be addressed urgently.

He claimed the move was a breach of Fianna Fáil's rules and left the party open to accusations of "gerrymandering".

Mr Chambers called for the issue to be addressed today or he would seek legal advice and take action to ensure the party's rules were upheld.

Mr McGuinness said he was not aware that legal action had been threatened.

"This is down to internal Fianna Fáil decision-making and of course officials would be officiating over all of this," Mr McGuinness said.

"You would never presume who's supporting you. You put your case before them all and you hope they back you. These people live in Dublin West and want to vote here," he added.

Irish Independent

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