Wednesday 21 March 2018

FF leaders vow to stay out of MEP Crowley row

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Niall O'Connor and Kevin Doyle

Fianna Fáil bosses say the party has no intention of stepping in to resolve the row over the position of Ireland South MEP Brian Crowley.

It's emerged that anti-pylons campaigner Kieran Hartley, who finished second to Mr Crowley in the election, has complained to Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin over his colleague's poor attendance at the European Parliament.

Mr Crowley, who is wheelchair bound, is one of the country's biggest vote-getters. In the 2014 European elections, he comfortably topped the poll, having secured more than 180,000 first preference votes.

But his political future has been uncertain for a number of years. Mr Hartley said: "I believe this is an issue that should have been resolved by the party but unfortunately Micheál Martin's unwillingness to deal with it leaves Fianna Fáil struggling for any credibility on the Brexit issue and shows very poor leadership."

In a statement last night, a spokesman for Mr Crowley said: "Brian is in the Cork Regional Hospital recovering from leg and hip operations and once discharged will personally address all and every issue. However, he is still working away."

Irish Independent

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