The members of Naas Town Council have issued a statement saying the town is very inclusive of all nationalities and provides a very welcoming environment to people from many different backgrounds.

The statement came after the resignation of Fine Gael's Darren Scully as Mayor last night.

His resignation followed controversial remarks about people of African origin living in the Co Kildare town.

Deputy Mayor Willy Callaghan insisted Cllr Scully's comments in no way reflected the views of the council or the community.

The council's statement came after a special meeting of the authority.

Mr Scully had earlier apologised unreservedly for remarks he made on local radio, saying he would no longer represent ''black Africans'' in his community because of ''aggression'' he received when dealing with them.