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Thursday 24 April 2014

Shatter sorry to see “friend” Lucinda leave Fine Gael

Lucinda Creighton
Lucinda Creighton

JUSTICE Minister Alan Shatter has said he was sorry to see his “friend” and party colleague Lucinda Creighton leave the Fine Gael fold.

Speaking on TV3’s Ireland AM this morning, Mr Shatter said he hadn’t spoken to the former junior minister since she lost the party whip after voting against the ‘Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill’.

“I spoke with Lucinda a number of times last week and we had supper in Leinster House – although I can’t remember whether it was the night before the bill or the same night.

“I haven’t talked to her over the weekend since it happened.

“I would regard her as a friend and I am very sad to see her go,” he said.

Along with the former European Affairs Minister Lucinda Creighton, the party lost four more deputies – Billy Timmins, Terence Flanagan, Peter Matthews and Brian Walsh.

“I was personally sorry to see five colleagues go,” Mr Shatter said.

“They had their particular views.

“But I trenchantly disagreed with the views they expressed,” he added.

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