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Fine Gael removes Lucinda Creighton references from councillor's newsletter

Edie Wynne said references she made in her quarterly newsletter to the former Minister of State were removed by party headquarters.

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ALL REFERENCES TO Lucinda Creighton in a Dublin city councillor’s local newsletter were removed following the former Minister of State’s expulsion from the parliamentary party.

Creighton featured extensively in Terenure-based councillor Edie Wynne’s spring newsletter earlier this year but her summer newsletter has no mention at all of the TD who was expelled over her vote against the abortion bill last month.

Wynne told that she had included mentions of Creighton in her draft summer newsletter which she sent to Fine Gael headquarters for printing but said these mentions were removed.

“They felt that Lucinda was not part of the Fine Gael team now as such and that was their choice,” Wynne said.

The councillor said she had been working on the Rathmines/Pembroke sewerage system with Creighton and insisted she would continue to collaborate with the TD despite her being outside the parliamentary party.

“We will work together wherever possible,” Wynne said, adding that she had “no idea” if the Dublin South-East TD will be allowed back into the parliamentary party in the future.

Fine Gael has already indicated that Creighton faces deselection ahead of the next general election and has moved quickly to excommunicate TDs who voted against the Protection of Life during Pregnancy Bill in July.

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Wynne said she would continue to look to include Creighton in future newsletters even if HQ decides to remove references to the ex-junior minister.

Asked if she thought that Creighton should be allowed back into the party fold before the next general election, Wynne said: “It’s better to keep the beak shut and wait for developments.”

“I don’t know what’s going to happen. She’s a great constituency worker and is held in high regard by many people here [in Dublin South-East] but time will tell,” Wynne added.

Lucinda Creighton did not respond to a request for comment at the time of publication. Fine Gael was unable to respond to a request for comment.

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