The Mayor of Naas, Councillor Timmy Conway, has left the Progressive Democrats to join Fine Gael.

Party leader Enda Kenny today welcomed the new recruit, saying his move was 'further evidence that Fine Gael is well on its way to recovery'.

Councillor Conway was a founder member of the PDs and had previously been a Senator for the Labour Party.

He said he had left the PDs because he was deeply unhappy with the current Government because it has not demonstrated any ability to manage the public finances or deliver quality public services, and because of the 'gutting' of the Freedom of Information Act.