The Fianna Fáil meeting called to expel Beverly Flynn has ended and the Mayo TD has been expelled from the party.

The vote was 81 for expulsion, and five against.

Earlier the Mayo TD addressed the National Executive meeting, then withdrew. She was joined outside Leinster House by her father, the former EU Commissioner Padraig Flynn.

Ms Flynn criticised the procedures for the meeting. She also complained about being obliged to leave the meeting without hearing what was said by those who backed her expulsion.

She also questioned the absence of a number of executive members and suggested that they might have stayed away because of the procedures.

The motion was proposed by Brian Cowen and seconded by Communications minister Dermot Ahern.

Castlebar Town FF backs Flynn expulsion

Earlier, Fianna Fáil headquarters confirmed that a cumann in Castlebar, Ms Flynn’s home town, indicated support for the Taoiseach, Bertie Ahern, in his bid to expel her from the party.

A Fianna Fáil spokeswoman said that after a meeting of the Castlebar Town Cumann, the branch wrote to party headquarters backing Mr Ahern.