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Rebel TD will 'not shut up or get out' over ongoing criticism of Fianna Fail

Niall O'Connor and Daniel McConnell

Published 01/04/2015 | 14:27

John McGuinness
John McGuinness

Rebel TD John McGuinness has warned the Fianna Fáil leadership he will not be silenced over his ongoing criticism of the party.

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Mr McGuinness, who previously told leader Micheal that he wanted his job, today said the party "needs to change its attitude".

The remark follows a heated parliamentary party meeting last night during which Mr McGuinness clashed with Cork TD Billy Kelleher over his continued public criticism of the party.

Sources at the meeting said Mr Martin delivered a "firm warning" to TDs to desist from their public sniping.

However, others suggested he lacked authority.

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"Three times, Micheal stood up to end the meeting in an attempt to assert his authority but it didn't work," said one source.

Speaking today, Mr McGuinness said he will "not shut up or get out", adding that the party needs to change its ways.

"Fianna Fáil needs to change its attitude," he told KCLR radio.

Last night's meeting followed two weeks of internal strife following poor opinion polls which has seen the party slump back to its 2011 general election support levels.

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