Thursday 26 April 2018

Fine Gael TDs angry with Taoiseach's latest decision - and former minister Reilly is reappointed as deputy leader

Enda Kenny Picture: PA
Enda Kenny Picture: PA
Niall O'Connor

Niall O'Connor

Fine Gael TDs have reacted angrily to the decision by Taoiseach Enda Kenny to allow Independent Alliance ministers a free vote on the issue of fatal foetal abnormality.

At tonight's meeting of the parliamentary party, TDs singled at Transport Minister Shane Ross and said Mr Kenny should have stood up to his Cabinet meeting.

Those most critical of the decision to allow a free vote on Mick Wallace's bill on fatal foetal abormality include Cork South West TD Jim Daly, Carlow/Kilkenny TD Pat Deering and Louth TD Fergus O'Dowd.

Mr O'Dowd was highly critical on the party's botched approach to the establishment of the all island forum.

Meanwhile, Mr Kenny announced that former Children's Minister James Reilly has been re-appointed as the party's deputy leader - just weeks after he was sacked.

TDs also expressed anger over alleged leaks to the media while the meeting was taking place.

One Fine Gael member suggested there should be a "signal blocker" on the room in question.

Party chairman Martin Heydon said it had been suggested to him previously that TDs should place their phones in a bucket on arrival.

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