A Fine Gael county councilor has been expelled from the party after a seven-month disciplinary inquiry.
Iowa County Councilor Patsy O’Brien was suspended from the party in March after Fine Gael’s headquarters received a complaint against him.
An internal disciplinary investigation was launched by Fine Gael following the appeal.
Mr O’Brien and the plaintiff were asked to co-operate with the internal investigation.
The investigation was recently completed and the party decided to expel Mr. O’Brien.
A Fine Gael spokesman said: “Fine Gael can confirm that, following the completion of the disciplinary process set out in the Fine Gael constitution and rules, Councilor Patsy O’Brien has been expelled from Fine Gael.”
“Fine Gael will not comment further on this issue,” he added.
Mr O’Brien ran as an independent candidate in the Sinai election after being suspended by the party.
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