Wednesday 7 December 2016

Strife of Brian: Crowley’s values drifted from FF

The MEP’s separation from Fianna Fail followed five years of friction

Published 29/06/2014 | 02:30

Brian Crowley is staunchly pro-life, but argues the EU has no power in the area. Photo: Michael MacSweeney
Brian Crowley is staunchly pro-life, but argues the EU has no power in the area. Photo: Michael MacSweeney
Brian Crowley
Brian Crowley

It was a brief conversation, but clearly terse. Brian Cowen was approached by Brian Crowley as he arrived for a function in the Council of Europe's offices, adjacent to the majestic Parc du Cinquantenaire in the European quarter of Brussels.

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Later that day, in March 2009, Cowen was due to attend a lunch with leaders from Fianna Fail's new European home, the liberal group.

The then Taoiseach had sprung the move to the staunchly pro-European and reformist liberals, then known as the European Liberal Democrat and Reform Party (ELDR), at the Fianna Fail Ard Fheis a fortnight earlier.

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