Social Democrats are now just another far-left party
Donnelly departure will see new party of protest facing an uphill battle at the next general election
This day last week, Stephen Donnelly sat down with his now former Social Democrats colleagues to discuss his departure from the party.
They met in Roisin Shortall's home in north Dublin. Catherine Murphy was at the table, as was the party's political director, Anne-Marie McNally.
The meeting was very civilised and professional. It was decided the Social Democrats and Donnelly would release separate statements the following day.