Cllr Scully can remain Fine Gael member

The removal of the party whip from Kildare Councillor Darren Scully means that he will not be able to represent the party at council level, but can remain a member of the party on an individual basis.

The removal of the party whip from Kildare Councillor Darren Scully means that he will not be able to represent the party at council level, but can remain a member of the party on an individual basis.

The party’s disciplinary committee made the decision to remove the whip in response to controversial remarks made by Cllr Scully in November 2011 about people of African origin living in Naas.

Speaking on local radio he said that he would no longer represent ‘black Africans’ in his community because of ‘aggression’ he faced when dealing with them.

Cllr Scully subsequently resigned as Mayor of Naas and apologised for making the remarks.

The members of Naas Town Council also issued a statement saying that the town is very inclusive of all nationalities and provides a very welcoming environment to people from many different backgrounds.

Removal of the party whip means that Mr Scully will not be able to represent Fine Gael on Kildare County Council and Naas Town Council or on any of their committees.

He remains a member of Fine Gael on an individual basis.

On Tuesday, the Integration Centre criticised the decision by Fine Gael, which it said did not go far enough.

Chief Executive Killian Forde said “his expulsion from Fine Gael was the only logical decision for the party to make.

“His light punishment sends a clear message from the Government that racism is acceptable in Irish politics.”

On Today FM recently, Cllr Scully pointed out that those preaching tolerance, were showing very little towards him.