John Perry tells court Taoiseach made 'clear commitment' to allow sitting TDs contest election

He has been giving evidence on the second day of his legal action

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Fine Gael TD John Perry has told the High Court that the Taoiseach Enda Kenny made a 'clear commitment' to allow all sitting TDs contest the general election.

He has been giving evidence on the second day of his legal action against the party and its National Executive Council.

Mr Perry said there was an 'uncanny nerve' amongst members at a meeting of Fine Gael's Parliamentary Party this time last year.

Gender quotas were discussed and he said people also raised concerns about directives in various constituencies - which he believes cost good councillors their seats in the local elections.

But he said he was 'delighted' to hear the Taoiseach give a commitment to allow all outgoing TDs to contest the general election.

He mentioned Minister Richard Bruton's addition to the ticket after failing to get the nod in Dublin Bay North.

Deputy Perry believes this alleged promise had a huge effect on his own convention, because delegates in Sligo-Leitrim felt he would be added to the ticket if he was not selected - which he was not.

He claims a number of irregularities at the convention resulted in the outcome being 'fundamentally flawed' and he wants it to be set aside.