Sunday 26 February 2017

You don't have to form a new party to make an impact

Shane Coleman

Shane Coleman

Other options: Róisín Shortall
Other options: Róisín Shortall

A friendly piece of advice to Stephen Donnelly, Róisín Shortall and Catherine Murphy: don't do it. They're three very smart, very able people, well capable of making their own minds up. But to this outsider, there's a far more effective path for each of the three to take than setting up a new party.

Donnelly should join Fianna Fáil; Shortall should rejoin Labour and Murphy, the star Dáil performer of the past couple of months, should stay as an Independent.

Donnelly remains something of an enigma, to this writer at least. Obviously highly bright, likeable and a really effective and persuasive communicator, he has all the qualities to go to the very top of politics.

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