Fine Gael should expel councillor over racist views

The Mayor of Naas in Co Kildare has said he will no longer represent those of African origin in the town..Fine Gael Mayor of Naas Darren Scully:Councillor Darren Scully has stressed that this is his own view, and not that of Naas County Council.He said he made the decision based on what he described as the “aggressive” attitude he experienced when representations were made to him by black Africans.Speaking to KFM, Darren Scully said he would refer any black African seeking assistance from him to another of his council colleagues.”I have been met with aggressiveness and bad manners,” he said. “I have also been met with the race card, (with people saying) ‘Oh yeah, you will help white people, but you don’t help black people’.”So after a while I made a decision that I was just not going to take on representations from black Africans, that I would be very courteous to them and I would pass on their query to other public representatives.”Everything I do as a councillor is for the general good…It saddens me that people would call me a racist, because I’m not.”Fine Gael said Cllr Scully’s views did not represent party policy and that the party would be looking into the comments.  “Fine Gael is an inclusive party and we are trying to build a country that caters for all,” the party said in a statement.Labour TD for Dublin North East Aodhán Ó Ríordáin said he would report Cllr Scully to An Garda Síochána under the Prohibition of Incitement to Hatred Act 1989.Labour TD for Waterford Ciara Conway said she was “absolutely disgusted and sickened by these appallingly ignorant and disgustingly racist comments”.Show Racism the Red Card Co-ordinator Garrett Mullan said: ‘Mayor Scully’s comments cannot be excused or accepted and in his judgement he has showed he not capable of representing the community and not fit for office.  If he will no longer represent people of African origin, he should no longer represent people of any origin on the council’.Read more:

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