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Fianna Fáil: “It has been a very difficult week”

The party’s National Executive met this evening to discuss the fallout from the Mahon Report.

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TONIGHT’S SPECIAL MEETING of the Fianna Fáil Árd Chomhairle could have been much more eventful if all six members who were due to face an expulsion vote had not pre-emptively resigned.

As each of the six party members accused of “unbecoming” conduct did offer their resignations ahead of tonight’s planned votes, the only item before the National Executive was to decide on a root and branch review of the organisation in Dublin Central.

This was agreed by consensus of all 90 executives in attendance. The Dublin Central delegate also voted for the proposed review.

The meeting was called by leader Micheál Martin in response to the Mahon Tribunal’s report.

After the three-hour gathering at Leinster House, the Árd Chomhairle endorsed Martin’s response to the Mahon Report and “expressed unequivocal condemnation of inappropriate fundraising activity in the past”.

Party Whip Seán Ó Fearghaíl said, “It has been a very difficult week for the Party, with many members across the country feeling angry and let down.”

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“However, there is also a strong sense that the swift and resolute response from the Party Leadership has established our firm rejection of these practices and can be the beginning of the process of rebuilding trust in politics across the country.”

He also told RTÉ that the party has asked the rules and procedures committee to look at the entirety of the report and focus on members and the issue of inappropriate behaviour.

Read: Micheál Martin’s statement on Mahon and expelling Bertie>

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