Blow to FG as George Lee's 'successor' quits
FINE Gael has suffered further fallout from the departure of George Lee after his expected successor quit his council post.
Cllr Jim O'Leary had proposed Mr Lee for the Dublin South by-election and had been expected to be chosen as candidate in the by-election to replace him.
But he told his party this week he was resigning his position as a councillor on Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council, a seat which he has held since 2004.
The decision is a fresh blow to Fine Gael, which is now left with no obvious candidate to run in the Dublin South by-election, for which no date has yet been set.
Mr O'Leary said he had been promoted to a new job in the treasury section of AIB Bank, which would require a far greater time commitment.
"With the new role, there's no way I can give the level of commitment to politics," he said.
Mr O'Leary ran for Fine Gael in Dublin South in the 2007 general election and doubled his vote in last year's local elections.