THE leader of Fine Gael on the City Council has rejected claims his party has “lost its cohesion” in the city.
Southside councillor Diarmuid Scully was responding to claims by party colleague Jim Long, who has resigned as the secretary and whip in the eight-person bloc on City Council.
Although he has not resigned from Fine Gael, Cllr Long says he “considering his future in the party”.
Speaking to the Limerick Leader, Cllr Scully said he had not been made aware of his colleague’s concerns.
“This has come as a surprise,” he admitted.
But he said Fine Gael remains a united party on the council, adding: “We have just passed the most successful budget in the history of the city council. I think we have been a united party on all issues. I am not sure what the concern is , but I would like to discuss it internally with Jim.”
Cllr Long called for Patricia Ryan’s resignation back in November when the details of her appointment had emerged, but said he did not feel supported by his party colleagues.
However, Cllr Scully says a party position was agreed that the manager would respond to their concerns and Cllr Long was aware of this.
Cllr Long said he made Cllr Scully aware of his resignation last Tuesday.