Councillor who refused to represent 'black Africans' welcomed back to Fine Gael

Kildare County Councillor Darren Scully is to be taken back into the Fine Gael fold, one year and 8 months after his expulsion.

Councillor who refused to represent 'black Africans' welcomed back to Fine Gael

Kildare County Councillor Darren Scully is to be taken back into the Fine Gael fold, one year and 8 months after his expulsion.

He caused a storm of controversy in November 2011, when he said that he would no longer make representations of behalf of Black Africans.

The remarks lead to his resignation, within 24 hours, as Naas mayor and four months later his expulsion from Fine Gael.

But in an exclusive interview with KFM this morning, the General Secretary of Fine Gael, Tom Curran, confirmed Councillor Scully’s readmission to the party.

"What has changed now … given the price that was paid politically, standing down as Mayor of Naas town council - he then no longer could be seen as Fine Gael councillor ... his political career certainly suffered a setback," he said.

"Why now? Because it was always the intention … he would have an opportunity to return."

Scully issued an apology in November 2011 after making the remarks. Speaking to radio this morning, Councillor Scully said he has learned from his mistake.

"Since that time, I have been contacted by many people, many groups, many organisations … particularly from the black African community."

"I am understanding now some of the points that were raised with me.

"I am fully available to all of the people of this county, no matter where they come from or who they are."

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