Shane Coleman: From Creighton to Shatter, all are Fine Gael
Published 29/11/2012 | 17:00
FINE Gael is certainly not alone in having divisions in its ranks on abortion, but the party has always shown a unique capacity to embrace differing ideologies and viewpoints.
Perhaps it's down to its origins. FG was originally formed out of a merger of Cumann na nGaedheal (Sinn Feiners who backed the Treaty), the infamous Blueshirts and the Centre Party (which came from a Redmondite/Irish Parliamentary Party tradition, as well as incorporating the old Farmers Party).
And, although generally regarded as a right-of-centre party through its 79-year history, Fine Gael has typically housed a number of different flourishing wings.