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Resignation is act of disloyalty

GEORGE Lee's resignation is an act of disloyalty to the 27,000 people who voted for him and to the hundreds of people who canvassed for him. More than that, it is an act of gross betrayal to Fine Gael, which invested faith, time, and great energy in him.

Mr Lee's experience as a television economics reporter and his eight months as a TD do not automatically entitle him to a senior economic role in a party of 31,000 members.

Yes, he is a qualified economist, but Fine Gael Senator Eugene Regan has vastly superior academic economic qualifications.

Mr Lee's former Fine Gael Oireachtas colleagues Joe McHugh TD, Kieran O'Donnell TD, and Sen Paschal Donohue are qualified economists. And his former colleagues Sean Barrett TD, Frank Feighan TD, and John Perry TD have vast practical understanding of commercial affairs.

Mr Lee was given ample scope to debate issues, through his position as chairperson of the Fine Gael Economic Forum, among other duties.

There will be a few days of media heat, and the same tired anti-Fine Gael media voices will refrain, yet again, that this has "fatally undermined" the Kenny leadership.

When the political lava cools, who will be buried beneath?

Paul Hickey

Castlecoote, Co Roscommon

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