Tuesday 26 September 2017

If Donnelly pulls this off he could end up as party leader

The liberal-left elite are horrified that one of their darlings could behave so badly, writes Eoin O'Malley

DONNELLY: Might find it hard to stay quiet in Fianna Fail
DONNELLY: Might find it hard to stay quiet in Fianna Fail

Stephen Donnelly's decision to "apply to join the Fianna Fail parliamentary party" recently met a few reactions. Among politicos it was, "I told you so" or "That was obvious from last September". Nothing is truly obvious until it happens, because there are usually lots of little things that can get in the way.

A year ago, Donnelly almost certainly couldn't have seen himself in Fianna Fail, and would have honestly said so. But things change. Nothing is written in the stars.

The reaction among the liberal-left elite for whom he was something of a darling was more interesting. There was horror in the South Dublin set, that he could have compromised his principles so violently that he'd even countenanced joining Fianna Fail not to mind reduced himself to actually doing so.

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