Thursday 27 July 2017

Maeve Sheehan: How firebrand Clare left the Socialists reeling

Daly was disillusioned with her party and found kindred political spirit in Mick Wallace, writes Maeve Sheehan

Mick Wallace and his political ally Clare Daly. Photo: Tom Burke
Mick Wallace and his political ally Clare Daly. Photo: Tom Burke
Maeve Sheehan

Maeve Sheehan

RUMOUR followed Clare Daly into the Teachers Club last weekend. News had yet to officially break about her resignation from the Socialist Party.

But word spread fast among the 120 delegates attending the latest meeting of the campaign to boycott the household charge, in which Daly is a leading light. Some were from the party she had walked out on, to the apparent fury of her former comrades.

"She came into the room with everybody else. There was no announcement but the whispers went around the room that she had left the Socialist Party," said Seamus O'Brien, a People Before Profit councillor from Wexford. "I think, like everyone on the street, I would have assumed that it had to do with Mick Wallace."

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