FG to trawl over 'very disappointing' election and 'consider past mistakes'
Taoiseach Enda Kenny will formally discuss Fine Gael's "very disappointing" General Election result and entry into government with party grassroots.
The party is consulting with members on the deals with Fianna Fáil and Independents - after the minority Government has been formed.
Fine Gael will hold a special conference with 400 members in Athlone this weekend. The grassroots members will rubberstamp the Government deal.
However, the party hierarchy says there is "no vote planned".
The meeting will "consider fully the ramifications of the new political reality" and also "consider past mistakes".
The party fell well short of its expected result in the General Election, with Mr Kenny's poor performance and the party's economic message largely blamed.
In his invitation, Fine Gael general secretary Tom Curran tells members: "Recent weeks have proved difficult for our party. Following a very disappointing General Election, the process of forming a Government has been extremely challenging and very time-consuming."
Mr Curran says the party must now "look at itself; acknowledge past mistakes, and work to ensure that a Fine Gael-led minority Government can be successful".
The party chief says "many of the initiatives" in Fine Gael's agreement with Fianna Fáil and Independent TDs are "very similar" to proposals in the party's General Election manifesto.
"However, Fine Gael stands by its position on a public utility for water and an affordable regime of charging," he said.
Meanwhile, the TV3 news anchorman Alan Cantwell has been appointed press officer for Jobs Minister Mary Mitchell O'Connor.