Sunday 23 July 2017

Keep Calm and Carry On: it's brave faces all round as party plays down shock switch

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Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin pictured with Brian Crowley MEP at his party's Ard Fheis in Killarney recently Picture by Don MacMonagle
Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin pictured with Brian Crowley MEP at his party's Ard Fheis in Killarney recently Picture by Don MacMonagle
Lise Hand

Lise Hand

FIANNA Fail deputies were doing their darndest to look unconcerned. Insouciant, even. And nonchalant.

But make no mistake – they're all sick as parrots over the dramatic defection of one of their star players, MEP and King of the South Brian Crowley, to a rival team in the Euros. It's a humiliation akin to Brazil's Neymar suddenly shedding his yellow shirt and announcing he's off to score goals for Iran.

After all, there had been precious little good news for the party to glean from the European elections last month, what with Pat 'the Cope' Gallagher losing his seat, the retirement of Liam Aylward and the party's failure to grab back toe-hold in Dublin.

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