European and Local Elections 2004

Fianna Fail reject and BNP fan Paul Kangley running in Dublin's North Inner City 

The Fianna Fail reject and BNP fan Paul Kangley is running in the local elections in the North Inner City. Kangley has not been seen or heard of in the area since he ran into a bit of bother with local residents and anti-fascists during one of his lone leafleting forays over 18 months ago. He bleated a bit to the Guards and threatened legal action, before going to ground. His attempts to set up an 'Irish Peoples Party' have come to naught, as he is detested by other far-right elements who slag him off for having a foreign-born wife. This is but one of Kangley's many contradictions, see article below (From The Phoenix magazine, May 10, 2002).

Bertie’s Racist Party Colleague

How embarrassing! The leader of the extreme right wing Irish People’s Party, which has been linked with the fascist British National Party, has been a Fianna Fail activist in Bertie Ahern’s Dublin Central constituency for several years.

Paul Kangley and his associates distributed thousands of leaflets around Dublin’s inner city recently calling for Ireland to withdraw from its commitments under the Geneva Convention and deport all asylum seekers. The party blames asylum seekers for bringing disease to the country as well as Dublin’s traffic problems. Since the mid-nineties, Kangley, a property owner and actor, has been a member of Dublin Central FF and as recently as last March he attended the Fianna Fail ard fheis and spoke at FF constituency meetings in Dublin Central.

The Irish Sunday Mirror last weekend reported Kangley’s claim that he had hosted Bertie and Celia for dinner some months ago. The paper also reported Fianna Fail denials of any such dinner as well as the party’s insistence that Kangley had not been involved with the party for a number of years. However, Goldhawk has established that various party activists in the constituency have bumped into Kangley at party functions in more recent times.

Local councillor, Royston Brady, confirmed recently that he had met the proto-fascist at FF’s March ard fheis. And Kangley also made a speech condemning the "threat" to O’Connell Street posed by the Spike to a Dublin Central FF constituency meeting in the same month. He has been a FF party member for at least six years, having joined after returning from London in the early nineties.

The bit part actor, who has appeared in a number of episodes of Fair City and as a Jewish emigrant in Far and Away, has twice before come to widespread public attention for his extremist racist views. In January 1999 he was pictured in the Irish Examiner waving a racist placard while taking part in a protest outside ICTU headquarters organised by Aine Ni Chonaill’s Immigration Control Platform. Some months later, Kangley was active in Fianna Fail’s European election campaign and was witnessed canvassing in Dublin 7 with Ahern and other party figures.

Kangley also appeared in a Late Late Show audience two years ago, from where he delivered a rant against asylum seekers. The latter incident is said to have caused concern among a number of his FF colleagues in Dublin Central but Kangley was allowed to maintain his membership and he continued to play a key role in organising party fundraising events.

Kangley finances the IPP’s campaigns from the proceeds of his extensive property interests in Dublin’s north inner city, including properties on Blessington Street and the North Circular Road, which, surprise, surprise, house a number of asylum seekers! In 1998, Kangley was granted permission by Dublin Corporation to house asylum seekers and single mothers in the Leitrim Bed and Breakfast, Blessington Street, Dublin 7, which he then owned.

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