Thursday 18 December 2014

Ming Flanagan prompts FF direction change on Europe

JOHN DRENNAN and DANIEL McCONNELL

Published 15/06/2014 | 02:30

CATALYST: Independent TD Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan
CATALYST: Independent TD Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan

THE success of Luke 'Ming' Flanagan has sparked a radical rethink within Fianna Fail over the party's relationship with Europe, the Sunday Independent has learnt.

Since joining the European Union the party has been consistently pro-European but at the party's election postmortem, a number of TDs argued strongly for a change in strategy.

"Euro-scepticism is going to be a significant point of differentiation between us and Fine Gael from now on," one source told the Sunday Independent.

A senior frontbench TD spoke to the Sunday Independent: "There was a long discussion about how Luke 'Ming' Flanagan tapped into Euro-scepticism. The clear view in the room was we need to learn from the success of 'Ming', the votes he harvested were previously our votes."

They said the entry of the Independent Midlands-North West TD into the race "was decisive; he articulated everything, the turf-cutters, small farmers. Our members were saying that we need to tap into that."

Sunday Independent

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