Sunday 8 December 2019

'Black Africans' controversy politician loses party vote

FG councillor: Darren Scully
FG councillor: Darren Scully

Fionnan Sheahan

A controversial Fine Gael councillor, who was embroiled in a racism row, has lost an election to the party's ruling body.

Kildare councillor Darren Scully, who was previously forced to resign from the party after comments he made about not representing "black Africans", was beaten 2:1 in a by-election for the Fine Gael national executive.

Dublin councillor Neale Richmond won the internal election.

Mr Scully hit the headlines after saying he would not represent black Africans because he had been met with aggressiveness and bad manners and had been played the race card.

Mr Scully apologised and resigned as mayor of Naas and the party.

After a stint outside Fine Gael, Mr Scully was readmitted to the party 18 months later in time for the local elections.

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