Fianna Fail formally expel Brian Crowley from party
Fianna Fail today formally expelled Brian Crowley from the parliamentary party, independent.ie has learned.
A motion proposed by party leader Micheal Martin was passed without a vote at lunchtime.
The motion stated that the Ireland South MEP essentially "removed" himself from the parliamentary party by switching alliance in the European Parliament.
Several members of the parliamentary party requested that Mr Crowley be allowed to address them as to his reasons for leaving the Fianna Fáil alligned ALDE group.
These included former deputy leader Eamon O Cuiv, Wexford TD John Browne and the party's Finance spokesperson Michael McGrath.
He stunned his party colleagues by joining the Tory-led ECR group, which is viewed as being eurosceptic.
Mr Crowley will be entitled to reapply for the party whip in the future.
"There is a great deal of sadness at losing Brian but we didn't have any choice," one TD at the meeting told independent.ie.
The move means that Fianna Fáil technically has no representation in the European Parliament.
Niall O'Connor Political Correspondent