Friday 17 November 2017

FF must merge with FG: Andrews

Michael Brennan Deputy Political Editor

A FIANNA Fail TD has come up with a novel solution to his party's problems -- a merger with Fine Gael.

Dublin South East TD Chris Andrews said last night that he believed that times had changed and that the parties needed to change with them.

"It is a big change. It is a big move. But people have just moved beyond traditional party politics and they want something with some relevancy to them," he said.

But his proposal drew a dismissive response from Fine Gael last night, which has long proclaimed its wish to get Fianna Fail out of power.

One Fine Gael party source said: "This is just off-the-wall stuff. We thought we'd seen them desperate but we've never seen them this desperate."

However, Mr Andrews was last night defending his suggestion which he first made yesterday using the social messaging service Twitter

"FG are not getting the traction in the polls because people see little difference between FF and FG. A merger makes sense to me," he tweeted.

Mr Andrews told the Irish Independent that that there was no chance of the parties merging before this election and perhaps even the next election. And he admitted he had no idea of what such a new party would be called. "It would take greater minds than mine to figure this one out," he said. "I just feel it's time we moved on from civil war politics," he added.

Irish Independent

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