Saturday 24 August 2019

Perry lodges High Court papers on Fine Gael over candidates

John Perry at Leinster House yesterday
John Perry at Leinster House yesterday
Kevin Doyle

Kevin Doyle

Fine Gael TD John Perry will lodge High Court papers today seeking an injunction against the party after they ratified two election candidates in the Sligo-Leitrim convention.

Mr Perry, who lost out at convention last month, has claimed there were a number of "irregularities" in relation to the result of the convention.

He has alleged that votes were cast by delegates who were not eligible to do so, and also claimed that Fine Gael officials have interfered in the process.

Sitting TD Tony McLoughlin and former deputy Gerry Reynolds were selected, but Mr Perry now wants their ratification to be stalled.

The former minister confirmed to the Irish Independent that he has employed a legal team to represent him in a court case against the party.

"Headquarters has a role, but there is a line they shouldn't cross," he said.

"I feel it's a bit like the IFA debacle in that there is a lack of 'connect' with the membership.

"This is not just about John Perry - it's about the Fine Gael party. This would set a precedent that could be detrimental for the party."

Fine Gael is understood to have a set a target of next week for formally ratifying its General Election candidates. A spokesperson for party said: "We stand by the result of the [Sligo-Leitrim] convention."

Irish Independent

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