Tuesday 25 April 2017

I had my reasons for joining FF - It wasn't done lightly

My decision to join Fianna Fail angered and puzzled many people but the party has moved on, writes Stephen Donnelly

Moving on: Former Independent TD Stephen Donnelly with Fianna Fail Leader Micheal
Martin TD as he announced he was joining the party. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collin
Moving on: Former Independent TD Stephen Donnelly with Fianna Fail Leader Micheal Martin TD as he announced he was joining the party. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collin

Stephen Donnelly

'Everybody hates you." I was warned not to look at social media, but you know how it is. So when curiosity got the better of me and I opened Twitter early last Friday morning, they were the first three words I read.

Last Thursday I joined Fianna Fail and was appointed spokesman on Brexit. The reaction on social media was a tsunami of abuse. The satire was at the most cutting edge of Irish wit. Some public figures I greatly admire shook their heads publicly.

A Nigerian friend of mine WhatsApp'd me from Nairobi - a Wicklow resident she knows had been in touch to see if she might intervene (true story). The questions at the press conference in the Dail were delivered with a certain professional glee, and they were straight to the point - why, given the myriad criticisms you've made over the years of Fianna Fail's role in the crash, are you now joining them?

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