Tuesday 28 March 2017

Outspoken politician rolled out red carpet for Woods

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DARREN Scully was also a key organiser of the 2006 Ryder Cup celebrations when Tiger Woods came to Ireland.

The 38-year-old was the chairman of the Naas Ryder Cup Festival Committee in 2006, which planned celebrations to welcome the world's most famous African-American golfer to Kildare.

Despite this, Mr Scully refuses to represent black Africans in Kildare.

His point-blank refusal to represent Africans has sparked fury -- and a complaint to gardai under the Incitement to Hatred Act.

Mr Scully was once seen as an aspiring TD climbing up the ranks in Fine Gael.

He was pictured strolling side by side with Taoiseach Enda Kenny on numerous occasions during the general election campaign.

He was seen as an "ideal" candidate for TD by party insiders, as he fitted the bill perfectly for Kildare North, being a qualified engineer surveyor who was married with a young family.

He often spoke of how he was "struggling" to pay a huge mortgage.

Controversy

But now his views, as expressed in two radio interviews on Classic Hits 4fm and Kfm, have caused a massive backlash.

However, Mr Scully, who insists he is not racist despite his stance, is no stranger to controversy.

Previously he insulted young single mothers when he suggested that a small number were getting pregnant to increase their chances of being housed by the local authority.

At the time, he said there was "a small percentage of women in the town of Naas who are getting pregnant so that they can get up the list".

Mr Scully is most vocal in local media about cutting crime -- and regularly talks about the need for more gardai on the streets.

In the 2005 by-election he secured 18pc of the vote, which was seen as a respectable performance for a first-time candidate.

He contested the general election in 2007, securing 4,250 first preferences but missed out on a seat.

He was a poll topper in the last local elections -- he comfortably exceeded the quota -- with his surplus helping to bring in an election debutante for Fine Gael, Emer McDaid.

Irish Independent

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