Friday 19 January 2018

FG readmits councillor expelled after ‘Black African’ comments

Darren Scully
Darren Scully
Fionnan Sheahan

Fionnan Sheahan

FINE Gael has readmitted a councillor who was expelled after saying he would refuse to represent members of the black community.

Darren Scully resigned as mayor of Naas and lost the party whip after his controversial comments two years ago.

The councillor was reported to gardai in November 2011 after he told the KFM radio station he found "black Africans" to be aggressive and bad mannered.

A Fine Gael spokesman explained the party believes he has “learned from his mistake”.

“Cllr Scully caused deep hurt and offence in all sectors of society, and indeed within the Fine Gael Party.

“His remarks were entirely inappropriate and deeply offensive.

“He accepted his mistake very quickly, apologised unreservedly for his remarks and resigned as Mayor of Naas.

“The Party whip was removed from Darren Scully in February of last year and he has been outside the Fine Gael groupings on Kildare County Council and Naas Town Council for the best part of two years.

“The Party believes that Cllr Scully has learned from his mistake, and as a result the Party whip has been restored.”

Irish Independent

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