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Fuss about Crowley move hard to fathom in the ideological desert of Irish politics

Published 01/07/2014 | 02:30

Brian Crowley has joined the ECR group in Europe. Photo: Michael Mac Sweeney
Brian Crowley has joined the ECR group in Europe. Photo: Michael Mac Sweeney

Does Brian Crowley's move to a right-wing grouping in the EU matter when ideology is almost entirely absent from Irish politics? In a statement explaining his move from the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats (ALDE) to the European Conservative and Reformist (ECR) group, Crowley said the priorities of his new EU bedfellows included "creating long-term jobs and prosperity for member countries, which match my policy priority".

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Of course, if anyone could find a political party that was opposed to job creation and prosperity, it would be quite a feat.

Meanwhile, his party leader, Micheal Martin, had a somewhat different appraisal of ECR, branding some of its members "racist, xenophobic and homophobic" not to mention Eurosceptic, in contravention of Fianna Fail's pro-Europe stance.

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