Saturday 20 January 2018

Creighton's lunch with McDowell sparks talk of political alliance

Fionnan Sheahan Political Editor

LUCINDA Creighton has sparked fresh speculation about the setting up of a new political party by having lunch with Michael McDowell.

The former European Affairs Minister and the former Cabinet minister and ex-Attorney General were spotted talking in the Four Courts at lunchtime on Thursday.

Ms Creighton resigned as junior minister and lost the Fine Gael whip when she voted against the abortion legislation a fortnight ago.

Within political circles, there has been a great deal of speculation in recent times about their respective future intentions with the potential establishment of a right-wing party being mooted.

Word of the pair being seen talking quickly spread within Fine Gael, prompting suggestions they were set for a political alliance.

But a source close to Ms Creighton said their encounter was mere coincidence and there was no political motivation.

"She was having lunch with a friend and stumbled across him," the source said.

Irish Independent

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