Hogan backs Flannery role in FG selection
Former Fine Gael strategist Frank Flannery made a "major contribution" towards the selection of candidates competing in next month's local elections, according to Phil Hogan.
The environment minister has been forced to defend Mr Flannery's role in the party after it emerged that he features in a election training DVD provided to candidates and their campaign teams.
The DVD, which was distributed by Fine Gael headquarters, advises party members not to cut across lawns during canvassing sessions and to avoid calling to doors during big sporting occasions. The film features party TDs Jerry Buttimer, Helen McEntee and Mary Mitchell O'Connor. It is designed to ensure candidates display the appropriate etiquette on the campaign trail.
Asked about Mr Flannery featuring in the DVD, Mr Hogan said that he has done extensive work in candidate selection.
"All I can say is that I'm now national director for the European and local elections. Frank Flannery has made a major contribution to Fine Gael and the development of the candidates' selection in the local authorities," Mr Hogan said.
Mr Hogan believes that Mr Flannery will respond "in due course".