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IrelandJohn Deasy hits back after no confidence motion: 'Fine Gael has ignored abuse and bullying for years'

14:31  25 june  2019
14:31  25 june  2019 Source:   independent.ie

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The Fine Gael organisation in Waterford has passed a motion of no confidence in its sitting TD, John Deasy . The vote was passed unanimously at a constituency meeting in Dungarvan attended by about 60 people, comprising councillors, local election candidates and ordinary party members.

Fine Gael members in Waterford unanimously passed a vote of no confidence in sitting TD John Deasy late last night. Tensions between the Deasy and Coffey camps have existed for several years but a motion of no confidence in a sitting TD is extremely rare.

John Deasy hits back after no confidence motion: 'Fine Gael has ignored abuse and bullying for years' Fine Gael's John Deasy. Photo: Tom Burke

A PROMINENT Fine Gael TD has claimed the party’s headquarters has ignored “continual abuse and bullying for years”.

John Deasy, who is the Government’s envoy to Washington, made the accusation after the membership in his Waterford constituency passed a motion of no-confidence in him.

A bitter internal row has been developing for some time now with supporters of former minister Paudie Coffey.

Mr Coffey was among the few dozen people present at a meeting in Dungarvan last night where councillors, local election candidates and members met to discuss the recent elections.

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Fine Gael want to create a fair and caring Ireland where everybody is engaged in democracy, and where there are no barriers to equal opportunity. The Party encourages initiative, innovation, investment and self-reliance.

In the United Kingdom, confidence motions are a means of testing the support of the government (executive) in a legislative body, and for the legislature to remove the government from office.

Mr Deasy was not present. He told Independent.ie today that he no longer attends such meetings because he believes the set-up is not fit for purpose.

“If Fine Gael is going to be competitive in the next election in Waterford, the entire organisation needs to be stood down immediately.

“The behaviour last night is commonplace in Waterford and has been for years,” he said.

John Deasy hits back after no confidence motion: 'Fine Gael has ignored abuse and bullying for years' © www.collinsphotos.com Former minister Paudie Coffey. Picture: Collins The TD, who has held the Waterford seat for the party since 2002, added: “At the highest level of Fine Gael warning have been given for years and ignored.”

Mr Deasy said there is documented evidence “with regard to continual abuse and bully for years. They have sat on it”.

He did not put his name forward to run in the next general election when Fine Gael held a convention amid fears of a snap general election in last 2017. He was recovering from hip surgery at the time.

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John Deasy is a TD representing Waterford. grew up in Stradbally, then Dungarvan, County Waterford and attended secondary school at St Augustine’s College, Abbeyside. John served as Fine Gael frontbench justice spokesperson from 2002-04, and was chairman of the Oireachtas European Affairs

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A Fine Gael spokesman said this morning: "After receiving a mandate from the Waterford electorate at the 2016 General Election, Fine Gael Deputy John Deasy was appointed special envoy to the US by Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and has since been doing important work on a special visa scheme for Irish citizens.

"Fine Gael’s General Secretary Tom Curran will soon be consulting with members and elected representatives in Waterford on finalising the party’s General Election ticket for the constituency. One candidate, Senator Paudie Coffey, was previously selected at convention to contest the next General Election."

Sources present at the meeting denied that the no confidence motion was part of a proxy battle between Mr Deasy and Mr Coffey.

Local Fine Gael councillor Damien Geoghegan told local radio WLR FM this morning that Deasy’s performance as a TD had come up on the doors during the local elections.

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The following is a list of notable suicides that have been attributed to bullying including both in-person bullying and bullying using social media or Internet methods (cyberbullying).

Bullying at work and harassment advice for employees with practical help and support for all staff dealing with bullying . Although there can be a fine line between a tough boss and an abusive one, bullying generally refers to being subjected to repeated emotional or even physical abuse .

“I think it’s quite simple. John Deasy just isn’t doing his job as a constituency TD for Waterford and he hasn’t been performing for quite some time. He hasn’t been visible and he hasn’t been active on the issues that are important to the people of Waterford. It has been a talking point now for quite some time,” he said.

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