Thursday 29 September 2016

Axed FG Minister John Perry unlikely to be added to ticket

Daniel McConnell Group Political Correspondent

Published 17/10/2015 | 13:35

John Perry
John Perry

FORMER junior Jobs minister and Sligo/North Leitrim TD John Perry is unlikely to be added to Fine Gael ticket, senior party sources have said.

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Mr Perry was dramatically defeated in his bid to get the Fine Gael nomination at his party's selection convention.

Party sources have said that the ticket as it stands looks “pretty full” and Mr Perry’s chances of being added were rated as “between slim and none.”

Mr Perry was dropped as a minister of State during Taoiseach Enda Kenny’s reshuffle last year.

Current Fine Gael TD Tony McLoughlin from Sligo and former TD and councillor Gerry Reynolds, from Leitrim, were selected to contest the General Election.

The party decided to run one candidate from Sligo and one from Leitrim.

Mr McLoughlin beat Mr Perry to get the decision in Sligo while former TD Gerry Reynolds beat sitting senator Michael Comiskey in the Leitrim end of the constituency.

According to party figures, Mr Perry received the lowest number of votes.

Mr Reynolds received 228 votes, Mr Comiskey received 188, Mr McLoughlin received 140 votes and Mr Perry received 130.

A comment has been sought by Mr Perry but he was unavailable when contacted by Independent.ie.

The meeting of delegates continued until 3am Saturday morning after a lengthy selection convention for the Sligo-Leitrim constituency in Drumshambo.

Once Taoiseach Enda Kenny’s convention is finalised on Monday night, the party will conduct a full review of all conventions to see where people need to be added  in order for it to comply with the 30pc gender quotas.

Mr Perry has endured a tough couple of years.

In July 2014, a judgment of almost €2.5m was  registered against former minister of state John Perry and his wife Marie, and published in Stubbs Gazette. The judgment of €2,474,346.14 was registered against Mr and Mrs Perry, both of Carrownanty, Ballymote, Co Sligo. In 2013, Mr and Mrs Perry consented to the judgment being entered against them at the Commercial Court over unpaid loans.

Stubbs Gazette is a weekly publication that provides details of insolvencies, court judgments and court actions taken against businesses and individuals in Ireland.

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