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Wednesday 27 August 2014

Subdued Fine Gael meeting hears criticism of medical cards fiasco

Fionnan Sheahan Group Political Editor

Published 28/05/2014 | 23:16

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Tom Barry, Fine Gael deputy for Cork East at Leinster House. Picture: Tom Burke
Tom Barry, Fine Gael deputy for Cork East at Leinster House. Picture: Tom Burke

Taoiseach Enda Kenny heard criticism of the medical cards fiasco and distance between ministers and TDs at Fine Gael’s first meeting since the local elections wipeout.

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But there was no bloodletting at the party’s post-election analysis meeting, following the loss of over 100 council seats, which was described as “subdued”.

A number of backbenchers did raise the medical cards, the failure to tackle Sinn Fein, the justice controversies around Alan Shatter and the disconnect between ministers and the reality on the ground.

Among those who spoke up, included Joe McHugh, Tom Barry, Bernard Durkan, Jerry Buttimer, Noel Coonan and Michael D’Arcy. 

Mr McHugh was said to be particularly passionate about his experience in Donegal North-East and the reasons behind the loss of votes.

Mr Kenny addressed the meeting, expressed his sadness at the loss of so many good councillors and took notes of the comments made by backbenchers.

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