Cllr Fiona McLoughlin Healy's Fine Gael future hangs in balance

Waiting game

Niamh O'Donoghue


Niamh O'Donoghue


 Cllr Fiona McLoughlin Healy's Fine Gael future hangs in balance

Cllr Fiona McLoughin Healy before the Fine Gael disciplinary committee last week

It’s a waiting game now for Cllr Fiona McLoughlin Healy, as she awaits a decision from Fine Gael top brass about her future in the party.

The Newbridge politician appeared before the Fine Gael disciplinary committee last week to address concerns raised by other FG councillors, in the wake of her motion of no confidence in former Mayor of Kildare and party colleague Brendan Weld.

Cllr McLoughlin Healy said she wanted to “expose the old boys’ club” and the mayor was trying to block her motions from being discussed.

The other FG councillors say this is not the case.

Both sides gave their testimony at the formal hearing.

No date was given as to when the committee will reach its decision.

Cllr McLoughlin Healy declined to comment on the hearing while the process was ongoing.

Last week, Cllr Darren Scully responded to the remarks made by Cllr McLoughlin Healy that she was going to expose the “old boys club” as “that’s crazy stuff. It’s very damaging to politics. It’s very damaging to give the impression to people that politics is like that.”

Cllr McLoughlin Healy said a special meeting was organised by the Mayor, who had tried to find ways to prevent her motions from being discussed.

She also said her Fine Gael colleagues had also refused to second her motions.

She said she had endeavoured to have a meeting with Mayor Weld but he refused.

Cllr McLoughlin Healy had also maintained there was a conflict of interest in relation the allocation of the Decade of Commemoration funds to the Bluebells and Buskers festival in Rathangan, which the Mayor had presided over.

She said the festival had connections with former Cllr Fiona O'Loughlin's family. Cllr O'Loughlin previously said the money went to the Rathangan Community Association.

Cllr Scully said the meeting in question was organised by the mayor to meet with all the group leaders to try and streamline meetings because with 40 councillors, it was not possible for everyone to speak on every motion and there had to be time limits for everyone.

He said there was no effort made to block Cllr McLoughlin Healy’s motions.

He said someone, who had been at the meeting, misinformed Cllr McLoughlin Healy that this had happened to cause a rift in the FG party.

The committee will now consider the testimony from both sides. It can suspend or expel Cllr McLoughlin Healy from the party, or clear her of any charges.

Cllr Scully said Mayor Weld had been held in the highest esteem as Mayor and was a hardworking councillor.

He said not one councillor had supported the motion of no confidence.

“There was a slur put on his name and we as a group will not stand for it,” he said.

Cllr Scully said he thought Cllr McLoughlin Healy was having a hard time dealing with her result in the general election and was trying to blame others and was using Cllr Weld as a “scapegoat”.