Statement by Enda Kenny on George Lee

Fine Gael National Press Office
Press Statement by Enda Kenny TD
Leader

Monday 8th February 2010

“I’m greatly saddened by George Lee’s decision to resign from Fine Gael and politics just eight months into his new Dáil career.

“In July I appointed George to Chair the Parliamentary Party’s Economic and Business Affairs Committee which all members of the Party could attend, and which  was designed to act as a core group in developing Fine Gael economic policy  for  the  next General Election. During a period of great political uncertainty when a  General Election seemed imminent George played a very important  role  in  Chairing  our Business and Economic Forums around the country  before Christmas.  These  played an integral part in planning our pre-Budget  submission.  George,  along with our other economic Spokesmen, planned  and presented that Fine Gael position to the media at Budget time. I  had  anticipated  a very important role for George in the coming period with Fine Gael after a time of settling into a new career in politics.

“As  part of our economic team George was due to attend the OECD later this week  together  with  a senior Fine Gael delegation. Regrettably that, and other  developments,  will  not  now  happen after George’s decision today.

While  I  regret  his  decision  I would like, on a personal level, to wish George and his family well in the future.”

Ends

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