Pressure on Former TD to Leave Party

Eoghan Dalton Reports
Members of Fianna Fáil in Waterford have called on former minister and TD Brendan Kenneally to step down from the party.
Kieran Hartley, who is substitute for Ireland South MEP Brian Crowley, stated: “I do not believe Brendan Kenneally is fit to be a member of a political party…The rules and regulations as an Oireachtas member are that you have to act in the interests of the State. The Catholic Church is not an arm of the State.”
The party’s constitution gives members the power to remove someone under conduct unbecoming. According to members, this is normally always done at the national executive level in Dublin.

Outspoken: Fianna Fail's Kieran Hartley

Outspoken: Fianna Fail's Kieran Hartley

If a local branch attempts to expel a member, this can in turn be appealed to the national executive as well.
A press conference was held in Dublin yesterday (Monday), which was attended by survivors of convicted paedophile Bill Kenneally, with Mr Hartley in attendance.
Kieran Hartley also feels there are questions to be answered by party leader Micheál Martin in relation to this issue.
“He, as a member of Fianna Fáil should make known as a matter of public interest when and what he knew, and how he was informed and informed by who. These are vital questions.”

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