Lee 'airbrushed' from Fine Gael history
Published 19/03/2010 | 05:00
FINE Gael has airbrushed George Lee from its history in a report on his business road show.
Company heads who met with Fine Gael's 'crowd puller' at a series of meetings countrywide have this week been receiving a report on those discussions, ahead of Fine Gael's Ard Fheis which kicks off today.
But the report hasn't been written by former chairman of the business forum George Lee -- nor is he even mentioned in the final version.
More than 1,200 business leaders -- in Dublin, Waterford, Cork, Galway, Limerick and Athlone -- met with Mr Lee as the party's 'business and economic team' travelled around the country from last November.
The report was to mark Mr Lee's first major contribution to party policy.
Instead it has been completed by Denis Naughten, his successor to the position of chairman of the business forum.
It is understood the entire report, which will be published shortly, was ready to go at the end of last year but the final chapter to be written by Mr Lee had not been completed.
The report is being delivered ahead of the Ard Fheis to all the businesses who participated in the meetings.
It contains no references to Mr Lee, who was in politics for just nine months before dramatically resigning in early February.
In the last three weeks, Mr Naughten was asked to complete the report and publish it.
Four areas for supporting small businesses are highlighted: tax relief, credit, costs and getting government working for business.
The report also outlines proposals to abolish the travel tax, reduce VAT, cut both rates of employers' PRSI, restructure public tenders and reduce government charges.