Tuesday 26 September 2017

Sinn Fein confirms former Fianna Fail TD Chris Andrews has joined party

Chris Andrews
Chris Andrews
Chris Andrews resigned from Fianna Fail last year following a social media controversy

SINN Fein has announced that former Fianna Fail TD and Dublin City Councillor Chris Andrews has joined the party.

It had been the source of much speculation during the week, after it was revealed that the former TD formally applied to join the party. He was said to have been in “serious discussion” with Sinn Fein bosses about running in the Dublin Bay South constituency.

In a statement released by Sinn Fein, Chris Andrews said:  “Joining a new party was not an easy decision for me as my family has been involved in Fianna Fáil since its foundations. But it has become very clear to me that the party no longer represented the ideals or values of its founders including my grandfather.”

Fianna Fail is a party that his grandfather Todd Andrews helped found, and which his father Niall, uncle David and cousin Barry also served.

Sources close to Mr Andrews said it made “perfect sense” for him to run for a different party, given his damaged relationship with Fianna Fail.

The 49-year-old caused uproar within his former party when it emerged that he had created a phoney Twitter account to criticise Micheal Martin and other Fianna Fail figures.

Mr Andrews was unveiled as the phantom tweeter by Eddy Carroll, the husband of senior party figure Kathryn Byrne. He had sent over 300 tweets which were highly critical of a number of figures within Fianna Fail.

Mr Carroll used using photo and video surveillance to unmask Mr Andrews, who is the cousin of former Children's Minister Barry Andrews and a nephew of former foreign affairs minister David Andrews.

Chris Andrews went to ground for several weeks but recently confirmed to the Herald that he was looking at running in the general election.

He has spent time in Palestine carrying out aid work and has been becoming more active on a local level in recent months.

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