Sunday 4 December 2016

Taoiseach to approve review of FG party structures

Published 02/08/2016 | 02:30

Enda Kenny. Photo: Getty
Enda Kenny. Photo: Getty

Taoiseach Enda Kenny is to give the all-clear to Fine Gael's report into party structures - which calls for more limelight to be given to backbenchers and an overhaul of the party's "stage managed" conferences, writes Niall O'Connor.

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The report also calls for the appointment of a new liaison officer to counter leaks to the media from the parliamentary party meetings.

The issue has been the subject of much disquiet in recent weeks - with some deputies even proposing moving such meetings to a room that has no mobile phone coverage.

The review itself was finalised by a team of TDs who carried out surveys of up to 400 Fine Gael party members.

But the report does not "name or shame" or single out any individual over Fine Gael's disastrous election result, which saw the party lose 20 seats.

A large portion of the report focuses on giving backbench TDs a greater input into party and Government policy. One of the key recommendations relates to ministerial announcements - a proposal to involve TDs in launches that relate to their areas of expertise.

Irish Independent

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