Friday 20 July 2018

No return for FG official who quit after online comments

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Kevin Doyle

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A Fine Gael official who resigned following comments he made about a court case involving the brother of a Government minister has ruled out a return to the party.

Peter Walsh stepped down as vice-chairman of the Cork South West constituency and resigned from the party.

Mr Walsh, a retailer, posted comments relating to the case of John Daly of Drinagh, Co Cork, who has pleaded guilty to having cigarettes for sale or delivery without having paid the required duty. Mr Daly is the brother of minister Jim Daly.

Mr Walsh offered his resignation to the party after a visit from the chairman of the constituency. Mr Walsh said the tweets he sent in relation to the case were part of a 10-year campaign to highlight the impact illegal cigarettes have on retailers, and he would not be silenced on important issues. "I don't want to be part of a party where people are silenced ... that's not the Fine Gael I know," he said.

A spokesperson for Jim Daly said he "never sought, encouraged or looked for" the resignation of Mr Walsh from the party and was not aware of why he resigned. Fine Gael did not respond to a request for comment.

Irish Independent

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