FF warns Kilduff of possible future suspension or expulsion
Cllr. Paddy Kilduff, Fianna Fáil stalwart and currently County Roscommon’s first citizen, is on a collision course with his own party’s HQ personnel.
HQ has said it’s upholding a complaint made against Cllr. Kilduff by Cllr. John Keogh. His own party has now warned Cllr. Kilduff that he could be thrown out of Fianna Fáil if there’s any repeat.
Cllr. Kilduff has completely rejected that finding and inferred that the investigation was neither fair nor objective.
And so a matter that has been running for several months has come to a slightly bizarre formal conclusion in recent days – in keeping with the whole sorry saga.
It ended with a rather soft bang, you might say.
It has fizzled out, possibly because most or all of the parties involved have lost the will to maintain interest in the dispute and its fall-out.
The background is that Cllr. John Keogh, of Fianna Fáil, issued a complaint against Cllr. Paddy Kilduff, also of Fianna Fáil.
Cllr. Keogh alleged that Cllr. Kilduff made a defamatory remark about him back in October of 2014. Cllr. Kilduff has rejected that allegation.
After a huge amount of to-ing and fro-ing, including face to face meetings with the warring councillors and others, FF left the matter in the hands of the party’s ‘Rules and Procedures Committee.’
They have finally issued a verdict. The Committee has ‘censured’ Cllr. Kilduff, without publicly clarifying what this means and what it involves.
(Cllr. Kilduff is not happy with how – or when –news of the decision went public. He was contacted by FF HQ on Tuesday, May 24th. It was suggested in that phone call that the Committee’s conclusions should be handed to him in person. However he declined to meet with HQ. He received another phone call on Thursday, stating that he would receive the letter by post the following day. He duly received it last Friday. Cllr. Kilduff has hit out at the leaking of the findings to the media. He alleges the media had knowledge of the letter before he had received it himself).
The Roscommon People understands that the Rules and Procedures Committee stated in their letter to Cllr. Kilduff that he had spoken the words alleged “or words similar in meaning to those set out in Cllr. Keogh’s complaint.”
Cllr. Kilduff has again denied that he made the alleged comment.
However the Rules and Procedures Committee concluded otherwise and recorded “a resolution of censure” against Cllr. Kilduff.
The Rules and Procedures Committee said that in considering this matter it has had regard to the aims of the party, including the requirement that there be respect for diversity, that there be a guarantee of civil liberty and equal rights and equal treatment for all and that the laws and institutions of the State be humane, caring and responsive to the needs of the citizen.
Cllr. Kilduff was warned not to repeat the comments complained of and told that if he does, his suspension or expulsion from the party would have to be considered.