Q THE fallout from the escalating pylons crisis has hit Taoiseach Enda Kenny's backyard, with a prominent Fine Gael councillor in Mayo resigning from the party, writes Fionnan Sheahan.
And the Fine Gael councillor who famously shouted out "Up Mayo" outside Leinster House when Mr Kenny staved off a leadership heave lost out on a nomination for the party in the local elections.
Sitting councillor Joe Mellett failed to win one of the four places on the ticket at the party's selection convention in Ballina, while FG councillor Seamus Weir quit the party over the EirGrid transmission project.
Mr Weir said:"I feel I have to get in behind my local community. We have the pylons big time going through our area. I'm getting great support on my stance."