Bullying claims 'not an isolated incident'
Mental Health Minister Jim Daly has said the allegation of bullying in Fine Gael's Waterford branch is "not an isolated incident" and is replicated in other constituencies across the country.
The minister said internal issues are not being taken seriously by Fine Gael headquarters and insisted more needs to be done to address the problem of local political rivalries.
Speaking to Independent.ie's 'Floating Voter' podcast, Mr Daly said: "If you rang around the secretary of the constituency in any of the 40 constituencies or whatever there are you will find that there are various serious levels of issues.
"This is not an isolated incident what is happening below in Waterford," he added.
The minister said that he has no problem with the "argy bargy" of local politics, but said at times people have "crossed the line".
"There is a line and when it is crossed it needs to be dealt with," he said.
"Waterford, I think and I believe, is a symptom of a malaise within politics across parties.
"I don't think it is party specific and I think it needs to be tackled, to be honest," he added.
Mr Daly also took aim at Fine Gael general secretary Tom Curran, who he said should do more to address the problems in the party.
"I think the party needs to be managed by the general secretary and I think the general secretary needs to step up to the plate and take it serious and acknowledge this is going on at various different levels and degrees in the constituencies," he said.
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