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Perry's election pleas to fall on deaf Fine Gael ears

Niall O'Connor and Kevin Doyle

Published 04/11/2015 | 02:30

Last night, the former junior minister remained adamant he will be added to the ticket in the Sligo/Leitrim constituency
Last night, the former junior minister remained adamant he will be added to the ticket in the Sligo/Leitrim constituency

Fine Gael will today ignore backbench TD John Perry's last-ditch pleas to be added to the General Election ticket.

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Mr Perry is set for a final showdown with Taoiseach Enda Kenny and other senior Fine Gael figures after submitting a motion to the party's weekly meeting.

Last night, the former junior minister remained adamant he will be added to the ticket in the Sligo/Leitrim constituency.

He once again dragged the Taoiseach into the controversy, saying Mr Kenny gave a "commitment" that all current TDs would be allowed defend their seats.

"I hold the Taoiseach in the highest of regards. He is a man of his word and I expect him to follow through on his word," Mr Perry told the Irish Independent.

While Mr Perry's motion will be discussed, several senior Fine Gael sources last night said the deputy will not be added to the ticket.

One party source said it is unlikely that the Taoiseach will engage at the meeting to any great extent, as the matter is one for the national executive.

However, a source close to the national executive said Mr Perry would not be added unless a direct request was made by Mr Kenny.

"The decision has been made. Unless a request comes directly from the boss, you can take it that John Perry won't be added."

Mr Perry lost the selection convention for the new constituency in controversial circumstances when 50 members from Tubbercurry were not allowed to vote.

Irish Independent

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