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Monday 11 December 2017

Dukes resigns as Fine Gael's vice-president

Fionnan Sheahan

ALAN Dukes has resigned as Fine Gael vice-president as it clashed with his position as the chairman-designate of Anglo Irish Bank.

A party source said last night Mr Dukes tendered his resignation voluntarily this week as he realised there was a difficulty in holding the two posts.

However, Mr Dukes's backing of Government policy in the banking crisis has prompted criticism from within Fine Gael.

Only last weekend, at the party's national conference, enterprise spokesman Leo Varadkar appeared to hit out at both Mr Dukes and former Taoiseach Garret Fitzgerald for their criticism of the party's current economic policy.

Mr Dukes's decision to step down now has come amid continuing anger in the party at his description of Fine Gael's 'good bank' plan as "very cumbersome, very doubtful of success and much less clear" than the Government's National Asset Management Agency (NAMA) proposal.

Those comments prompted FG Longford-Westmeath TD James Bannon to call publicly for Mr Dukes to be "shown the door sooner rather than later" from his position as party vice-president.

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