Fine Gael has expelled former Fine Gael minister John Perry’s son Jude after discovering that he paid for Facebook ads to promote his father’s Independent general election bid.
Jude Perry, who set up a branch of Young Fine Gael in Queen's University Belfast, was informed this week that his membership had been cancelled and he was being removed from the Fine Gael officer board in Sligo-Leitrim.
Mr Perry paid less than €100 to promote seven Facebook posts about his father John Perry's general election campaign in Sligo-Leitrim.
John Perry is a former Fine Gael junior minister who is running for the Dáil as an Independent after failing to get on the Fine Gael ticket.
A Fine Gael spokesman said: "It is incompatible with membership of Fine Gael to be actively engaged in a campaign for another political party or Independent."
Independent general election candidate for Sligo-Leitrim John Perry told Midwest News that he was astonished by Fine Gael’s decision to expel his son from the party.