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Listen: Fine Gael PP Chair Says He Doesn't Believe Bullying Is An Issue In The Party.

: 03/13/2018 - 12:29

The Chair of the Fine Gael Parliamentary Party, a Kildare TD, says he "honestly" doesn't "believe" there is a bullying problem in Fine Gael.

In the last six months, party Deputy Kate O'Connell raised the manner and tone of comments directed, online, to her and others by Executive Council member, Barry Walsh.

He subsequently resigned from the council.

In January, Senator Catherine Noone reported bullying and sexism directed towards her by party colleague..

The matter was referred by Kildare TD, Martin Heydon, to Fine Gael Secretary General.

Senator Noone noted last week that the matter had been settled.

And on Thursday, Kildare County Councillor, Fiona McLoughlin Healy, resigned from Fine Gael citing a lacking of investigation of a bullying complaint she had lodged.

Deputy Heydon, a guest on Kildare Today with Shane Beatty, was asked whether bullying is an issue in the party.

TuesHeydon.mp3, by Ciara Plunkett

 

This morning's interview was a wide-ranging one. Here is the excerpt containing Deputy Heydon's comments on bullying, in full:

heydon.mp3, by Ciara Plunkett

File image: Martin Heydon.

 

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