Truth is, Averil Power left Fianna Fail before it left her
Senator's departure from Fianna Fail is not the first time she has divided opinion
As a contentious student leader in Trinity College Dublin, she was portrayed as an arch-conservative who refused to support a student referendum on abortion.
She later went to work for on of the most conservative ministers in the previous Government, Mary Hanafin, as a special adviser earning a salary of about €100,000 a year.
But since her election to the Seanad in 2011, Averil Power has become a leading liberal voice on social issues.
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