Saturday 18 November 2017

Fine Gael councillor joins Renua after becoming 'disillusioned' with former party under Kenny's leadership

Enda Kenny Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Enda Kenny Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Philip Ryan

Philip Ryan

A FINE Gael councillor has quit the party to join Lucinda Creighton’s Renua Ireland.

Fingal County Councillor Keith Redmond said he took the decision after becoming “disillusioned” with Fine Gael under Taoiseach Enda Kenny’s leadership.

Mr Redmond said the “vast majority” of Fine Gael members believe Mr Kenny is holding back the party.

“I wouldn’t be particularly warm towards Enda and he is not exactly an inspirational leader,” he added.

The councillor, who was previously a member of the Progressive Democrats, said the Coalition is the “most nanny state Government in the history of the State”.

“They are policing everything we eat, drink, smoke and everything else,” he said.

Mr Redmond said he decided to join Renua after Ms Creighton unveiled her plan to introduce a 23pc flat tax rate and abolish most other taxes.

The councillor has not declared his candidacy for the forthcoming General Election but Renua hope to run him in the five seat Dublin Fingal constituency, where he would take on Children’s Minister James Reilly and Fine Gael TD Alan Farrell.

Ms Creighton said she will unveil three new candidates in Cavan/Monaghan, Limerick City and Dun Laoghaire this week.

“We are building all the time and it is a huge challenge for small parties to get on the pitch given that all the large parties have a very dominant position,” Ms Creighton said.

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