Decision to expel Slowey upheld

Donegal county councillor Terence Slowey has been expelled by Fine Gael over a double expenses claim.

Donegal county councillor Terence Slowey has been expelled by Fine Gael over a double expenses claim.

The Fine Gael national executive committee upheld the decision made by the party’s disciplinary committee to expel the Ardara councillor over his expenses claim for travelling to two conferences in Cork and Kerry on the same weekend in 2009.

The national executive council concluded that he had acted in a manner seriously damaging to the interests of the party.

Cllr. Slowey, who was the party’s chief whip on the county council, appeared before a hearing of the Standard’s in Public Office Committee (Sipo) in March. He said that he had made an honest mistake in submitting the claims.

Sipo found Cllr. Slowey, who had acted as election agent to former taoiseach John Bruton, had contravened the Local Government Act and Regulations. Cllr Slowey had appealed the decision to expel him following a hearing of the Fine Gael disciplinary committee on April 19th.

His appeal was heard last Saturday and the party released a statement outlining its decision on Tuesday.

The Glenties electoral area councillor apologised to the county council for his actions last month but resisted calls from Sinn Féin to resign.

Cllr. Slowey could not be contacted for comment yesterday.

His expulsion now leaves Fine Gael without a councillor in the Glenties electoral area. The electoral area will now have two former Fine Gael councillors sitting as independents.

Cllr. Padraig Doherty resigned from the party ahead of the 2009 local elections and retained his seat as an independent.