Sunday 4 December 2016

VIDEO: Soc Dems Roisin Shortall: 'Labour were too ready to roll over and not stand up for people'

Published 27/02/2016 | 21:39

Roisin Shorthall of the Social Democrats with her daughter Joanna O'Byrene at the count in the RDS yesterday.Pic Tom Burke 27/2/2/2016
Roisin Shorthall of the Social Democrats with her daughter Joanna O'Byrene at the count in the RDS yesterday.Pic Tom Burke 27/2/2/2016
Roisin Shorthall,Social democrats with her husband Seamus O'Byrne as their daughte Joanna (on left) following her election for Dublin North--West at the RDS yesterday.Pic Tom Burke 27/2/2/2016
Roisin Shorthall,Social democrats gets a kiss from her husband Seamus O'Byrne as their daughte Joanna (on left) claps following her election for Dublin North--West at the RDS yesterday.Pic Tom Burke 27/2/2/2016

The co-leader of the Social Democrats and former Labour party TD Roisin Shortall has said her former party were "too ready to roll over when difficult decisions had to be made".

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Ms Shortall, who topped the poll in Dublin North West, told independent.ie's Dearbhail McDonald that she got a higher vote this time around than in the last election.

She believes her Labour votes moved with her when left the party.

"Well I suppose at the time I left the Labour party, I got tremendous support from the constituency. People were very tuned into why I left an a lot of people thanked me for having left," she said.

She thanked all her supporters and constituents who voted for her.

Speaking about her former party, she was saddened by their demise.

Roisin Shorthall,Social democrats pictured with 2 year old Dara Baxter,son of her niece Sarah Baxter and her husband Seamus O'Byrne following her election in Dublin North--West at the RDS yesterday.Pic Tom Burke 27/2/2/2016
Roisin Shorthall,Social democrats pictured with 2 year old Dara Baxter,son of her niece Sarah Baxter and her husband Seamus O'Byrne following her election in Dublin North--West at the RDS yesterday.Pic Tom Burke 27/2/2/2016

"Well I think it's a very sad day for the Labour Party I must say.

"I feel that personally I have to say given the length of my association with them.

"They're a party that has a very long tradition and a very proud tradition and it's really very sad that it's come to this. I think the Labour party made a mistake in going into government five years ago without being clear about why they wanted to be in government.

"It's always difficult for a small party but you know there's another example there with the PDs where they had a huge influence on Irish politics because they were very clear about what they wanted to achieve, a party I didn't agree with at all

Roisin Shorthall,Social democrats with her husband Seamus O'Byrne ( partly hidden) their daughte Joanna (on left) and supporters following her election for Dublin North--West at the RDS yesterday.Pic Tom Burke 27/2/2/2016
Roisin Shorthall,Social democrats with her husband Seamus O'Byrne ( partly hidden) their daughte Joanna (on left) and supporters following her election for Dublin North--West at the RDS yesterday.Pic Tom Burke 27/2/2/2016

"But Labour were too ready to roll over when difficult decisions came up. THey were seen not to have stood up to people and not to have stood up against Fine Gael."

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