Galway TD Brian Walsh readmitted to Fine Gael after abortion expulsion
Galway West TD Brian Walsh has been readmitted to the Fine Gael Party - 10 months after he was expelled for voting against the abortion legislation.
Independent.ie has confirmed that Mr Walsh's application for readmission has been formally accepted by Taoiseach Enda Kenny.
Mr Walsh was one of a TDs and senators to lose the whip after defying Fine Gael over the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill last year.
However, he veered away from efforts by other Fine Gael rebels to form a breakaway group in the name of the Reform Alliance.
It's not expected that any other former members of the Fine Gael parliamentary party will follow Mr Walsh and rejoin in the short term .