Fine Gael wont add Perry to General Election party ticket

The Fine Gael party have informed former Sligo-Leitrim TD, John Perry, that he will not be added as a candidate to contest the next General Election.

Ocean FM News understands that the former Junior Minister has been sent a letter from Fine Gael party headquarters indicating that no candidate will be added to the party ticket.

Mr Perry had hoped to be added as a candidate after a strong performance at the party’s candidate selection convention in July, at which he finished third.

The delegates chose two candidates on the night, Gerry Reynolds and Cllr Sinead Maguire.

There was controversy ahead of the 2016 General Election when Mr Perry took a legal case against the Fine Gael party after he was not selected to run. In his action Deputy Perry alleged “serious and substantial” irregularities at the convention which rendered its outcome “unlawful” and “fundamentally flawed”. He was later added as a candidate, but failed to hold his Dail seat.

It now remains to be seen whether Mr Perry will stand as an independent candidate.