Lucinda Creighton: Fine Gael would lose 20 seats in a general election
Former Fine Gael minister Lucinda Creighton made a cautionary warning to her ex-party colleagues tonight that 20 of them would lose their seats if there was a general election tomorrow.
On the weekend of the Fine Gael Ard Fheis, Ms Creighton also said the Labour Party face the proposition of losing three out of four of their seats.
"The Irish people are not stupid, the reason they no longer support either government parties to the same extent they did in 2011 is not because our economy has yet to recover, or because they are feeling the pinch of austerity, it’s because the preponderance of the Irish electorate voted in 2011 based on the policies and values that both these political parties promised, yet diluted once in office," she said.
Speaking at the Irish Times debate final in Dublin, Ms Creighton criticised the rigidity of the party whip system.
The former European Affairs Minister lost her ministry and the party whip over her decision to vote against the abortion legislation.
"With the largest majority in the history of this Republic, should deliver a responsibility like no other for government TD’s to hold the executive to account. Yet the whip system in Irish politics constrains this essential tool of a representative democracy, and indeed the constitutional obligation of elected members," she said.