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Monday 11 December 2017

Fine Gael kick out race-row mayor

RACE-row councillor Darren Scully has been kicked out of the Fine Gael party, the Herald can reveal.

The former Mayor of Naas was formally told by the party last night that the whip has been removed as a direct result of the 'racist remarks' he made on radio in November.

The father-of-two sparked national outrage by claiming he would no longer represent "black Africans", who he described as "quick to play the race card", "rude" and "aggressive".

The 38-year-old was told by the party's general secretary, Tom Curran, that his remarks had "damaged the party" and that the whip was being formally removed.

Contrary to reports today, Mr Scully will remain a member of Fine Gael but will serve as an independent councillor.

He told the Herald today that he is "surprised" and "disappointed" by his party's decision to remove the whip.

"I made a comment that I should not have made and I have apologised for that. I have suffered personally, my family has suffered. I've received some very nasty things as a result of my remarks. I believe I have suffered enough and I thought the party felt the same.

"I am very disappointed and surprised that they have taken this decision and I will now consider my position in the party."

He said that he intends to continue in politics and is considering a run at the next general election.

"I'm not ruling out anything. I take great pride in politics and representing the people of Naas and Kildare.

"I'm very honest. I'm very hardworking and we'll see what the people decide at the ballot box."

hnews@herald.ie

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