Saturday 24 March 2018

Row after Bruton's leaflets fail to mention new FG candidate

Richard Bruton, TD, the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation
Richard Bruton, TD, the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation

Kevin Doyle, Group Political Editor

A Fine Gael election candidate has suggested that Minister Richard Bruton is not a "team player" after she was omitted from a newsletter circulated to thousands of constituents.

Dublin Bay North candidate Stephanie Regan is "disappointed" that her running mate didn't update his literature to include her in a section outlining the local Fine Gael team.

The constituency is arguably the toughest in the country with five sitting TDs and a number of other high-profile politicians such as former Fianna Fáil junior minister Sean Haughey and Senator Averil Power.

In recent weeks Mr Bruton has distributed thousands of leaflets in which he updates constituents on issues such as apprenticeships, tackling burglaries, Irish Water and mortgages rules.

It also lists the other Fine Gael representatives in the area, including Cllr Naoise O Muiri, who is the third Fine Gael name on the ticket, and Cllr Keith Redmond, who last week quit the party to join Renua Ireland.

Ms Regan told the Irish Independent that she was annoyed at not receiving a similar mention.

"It's disappointing. I would have taken it as a given we were working as a team," she said.

"I'm a team player. I'm a straight player. It is a competition but you can compete from the correct place. I'm the new person so why would you exclude me?"

Mr Bruton declined to comment but his supporters pointed out that the leaflet had been printed before April's selection convention.

Sources within the Regan camp said she has been a "local area representative" since January.

"She certainly would have expected that Richard would update his leaflets to promote her," said a source.

Irish Independent

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