Tuesday 25 June 2019

Councillor who previously said he wouldn't represent 'black Africans' loses seat

The Fine Gael councillor stepped down as Mayor of Naas in 2011

FG councillor: Darren Scully
FG councillor: Darren Scully

Callum Lavery

The former Mayor of Naas who previously said he would no longer be representing 'black Africans' in his area has lost his seat on Kildare County Council.

Fine Gael Councillor Darren Scully made the comments in 2011.

Mr Scully said that he had "served a great 15 years as Councillor" and wished the "great candidates in my area the very best of luck."

He stepped down as mayor of Naas following a radio interview in which he said he would refuse to represent members of the black community in his constituency. He was reelected onto his County Council in the 2014 local elections under the Fine Gael party.

Following todays count Mr Scully told Independent.ie that his comments in the past had no impact on his results.

"That was like eight years ago. I dealt with that then, I resigned as mayor then and I apologised," he said.

"I wish the media would stop bringing this up

"I was re-elected in the 2014 local elections three years later.

"This has no affect on my vote in this year's election."

The seven seats in the Naas ward of Kildare County Council were filled by Fintan Brett (FG), Seamie Moore (Ind), Anne Breen (Lab), Evie Salmon (FG) Bill Clear (SocDems),  Carmel Kelly (FF) and Vincent P Martin (Greens)

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