One of the longest serving Fine Gael councillors in Limerick has resigned from the party.

Jerome Scanlon, who has represented the party in the Newcastle West district since he was first elected in 2004, said he was unhappy with the way the affairs of the Fine Gael group have been conducted over the past five years, and his frustration has led to his decision to resign. 

He said he wrote to the Fine Gael national executive in August outlining his concerns and when he had no response by a deadline of October, he decided to resign from the party.

He has written to Fine Gael General Secretary Tom Curran to inform him of his decision.

Cllr Scanlon said he will continue his work as an elected representative on Limerick City and County Council as an Independent.

He has  been a poll topper for the party in Co LImerick and secured over 2,500 votes in the local elections last May.

A former mayor or Cathaoirleach of Limerick council, he has been an active in Fine Gael since 1977.