Sunday 28 December 2014

Rebel TD Brian Walsh has swipe at Taoiseach for forgiving 'heave' politicians

Fiach Kelly

Published 08/07/2013 | 18:00

Brian Walsh
Brian Walsh

ONE of the four rebel TDs who already voted against the Government on the abortion bill has taken a sideswipe at Taoiseach Enda Kenny for forgiving people who went against him in the heave but cutting others adrift for voting against the party.

Galway West TD Brian Walsh said his vote against the abortion bill last week was a “far lesser act of disloyalty than other people did a few years ago, and they’re now sitting around the Cabinet table”.

He also said he still wants to run as a Fine Gael candidate in the next election but will stand as an Independent if he has to. However, he was adamant he does not want to form a new party.

“This is also my livelihood. I have two young children and all the responsibilities that that entails.”

“I have been involved in Fine Gael since I delivered election literature door-to-door at 10 years of age. I am still a member of the party and I have remained loyal to its values and to its pre-election commitment in voting against the proposed legislation last week.

“I am going to be a candidate in the next general election. Whether I will be contesting the election as a Fine Gael candidate or as an Independent is a matter for members and, ultimately, the party hierarchy.

“I would hope that the Taoiseach recognises we who have opposed the Bill are genuine Fine Gael people, who have acted in an effort to uphold genuine Fine Gael values.

“I feel somewhat aggrieved that we’re being punished for standing by the party’s promise rather than digressing from it.

 “But I won’t be deterred. Politics is my vocation. I believe I have a lot to offer and there is a lot that I want to achieve."

 

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