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Cllr Anne Devitt resigns from Fine Gael

Fine Gael confirmed the news tonight, adding that Cllr Devitt had been due to appear before the Party’s Disciplinary Committee.

 Fine Gael Cllr Anne Devitt
Fine Gael Cllr Anne Devitt
Image: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland

COUNCILLOR ANNE DEVITT has resigned from the Fine Gael party.

Fine Gael confirmed the news tonight, noting that Cllr Devitt had been due to appear before the party’s Disciplinary Committee.

In the most recent Mahon Tribunal report, it was stated that Cllr Devitt had behaved “inappropriately”.

It was of the view that Cllr Devitt’s actions in taking on a role in the Cargobridge planning application process from 1994 to 1997, together with an agreement that she would be paid for this role, “compromised the requirement on her as an elected representative to perform her duties in a disinterested manner”.

In effect, Cllr Devitt, a local councillor, in anticipation or expectation of reward, assisted the Cargobridge consortium in its ultimately successful planning application.  The Tribunal was of the view that Cllr Devitt’s actions, in agreeing to act for financial reward, for the advancement of matters the outcome of which rested in the decision-making powers of the Council of which she was a member, were entirely inappropriate.

Cllr Devitt told the Irish Times following the publication of the report that her conscience was clear and she disagreed with the findings of the Mahon Tribunal.

Pádraig Flynn and Bertie Ahern have both resigned from the Fianna Fáil party in the wake of the tribunal’s latest report.

Read:  TheJournal.ie’s Mahon Tribunal coverage>

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