Sunday 28 May 2017

Fianna Fáil branch pass motion calling for Bertie Ahern to be invited back into party

Former Taoisach Bertie Ahern
Former Taoisach Bertie Ahern
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

FIANNA Fáil members in Dublin Central have unanimously passed a motion calling for former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern to readmitted to the party.

The move had been mooted privately for several weeks but a motion was passed at tonight's branch meeting at the Skylon hotel.

The motion, tabled by veteran party member and Ahern loyalist Chris Wall states that party headquarters should be informed that Mr Ahern will be invited to rejoin the party.

Mr Ahern resigned in March 2012 following the publication of the Mahon tribunal.

However, he has been active locally ever since and has done many media appearances in recent months.

Party sources say the move is aimed at giving Mr Ahern a greater role in shaping Fianna Fail strategy in Dublin.

However, party headquarters are likely to be alarmed at the move which came as a surprise to many within the party.

Earlier, the party's former councillor in Dublin Central Mary Fitzpatrick gave a presentation on the party's standing in the constituency.

As previously revealed by Independent.ie, Mr Ahern was appointed chief mediator in a running dispute over the future of a handball alley in the constituency.

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