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Fionnan Sheahan: Surly and neglected backbench TDs may turn on their master

Published 29/11/2012 | 17:00

IMAGINE if a group of newly elected Labour Party TDs formed a private group and began publishing ideologically driven policy documents and criticising ministers.

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The group would be interpreted as a challenge to the leadership and elements within Fine Gael would be up in arms complaining about their coalition partner's lack of discipline.

Yet, this is what is going on in Fine Gael at the moment with the so-called 'Five-A-Side Club' of newly elected TDs pushing their own agenda with no great effort from the leadership to shut them down.

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