FG executive to rule on race remarks

 

Possible disciplinary action against Fine Gael councillor Darren Scully will be considered at a meeting of the party’s national executive next month.

There have been calls for Mr Scully to be expelled from the party after he said he would no longer represent “black Africans" living in his Naas, Co Kildare constituency.

He said he came to the decision after experiencing an "aggressive" attitude and "bad manners" when dealing with some members of the community over the last six or seven years.

Mr Scully, a former Fine Gael general election candidate, was forced to resign as Mayor of Naas over the remarks which prompted a Labour TD to report to the matter to An Garda Siochána under incitement of hatred legislation.

A number of politicians and equality groups described his comments as "racist".

Fine Gael said that Mr Scully's remarks would be investigated and that the views expressed did not reflect party policy.

A party spokeswoman said today the matter would be dealt with by the party’s national executive who are at liberty to refer it to a disciplinary council. She said the party had procedures in place for dealing with such matters.