Fine Gael probes false claims against election candidate
Published 18/11/2016 | 02:30
Fine Gael is investigating claims by a general election candidate that she is being aggressively pursued by her constituency branch over an alleged €5,000 debt.
Stephanie Regan, who was unsuccessful in February's election, said she had been pursued since April by telephone and email for a sum of €5,506.
In a letter to party general secretary Tom Curran, seen by the Irish Independent, Ms Regan said the matter had caused her stress and damaged her "good name".
She insisted that the debt was not due and that there had been attempts to vilify her in the eyes of constituency members in Dublin Bay North.
"Standing in a general election is a challenge for anyone, having two years of effort jettisoned is a real test of anyone's belief in our party," Ms Regan said.
She added that she felt vilified and denigrated in the eyes of members in Dublin Bay North, which she said was a "step too far".
Ms Regan, who may run again for Fine Gael in the future, has sought an apology from the party as a result of her treatment.
A Fine Gael spokeswoman last night told the Irish Independent that the party was making no efforts to pursue Ms Regan for money.
A party source, however, added that the matter would be fully investigated given Ms Regan's strong standing within Fine Gael.