Thursday 14 December 2017

Controversy over election donations is 'embarrassing' for Fine Gael

Tom Curran Picture: Mark Condren
Tom Curran Picture: Mark Condren
Niall O'Connor

Niall O'Connor

Fine Gael general secretary Tom Curran has told his TDs and senators that the recent controversy surrounding election donations had proved "embarrassing" for the party.

Without singling out a member by name, Mr Curran told a Fine Gael meeting such controversies must not dog the party again in the future.

Earlier this month, it emerged the party's deputy leader, James Reilly, was among 66 general election candidates to be referred to gardaí by the Standards in Public Office Commission.

Dr Reilly, the former health and children's minister, accepted a €1,000 cash donation but failed to properly file returns.

"I apologise. It is nobody else's fault but myself," Dr Reilly said at the time. The senator was not present at the meeting of the parliamentary party when the issue was raised.

Mr Curran also revealed the membership fee for Fine Gael was increasing from €15 to €20. He said it was not a reflection on the party's finances.

Irish Independent

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