Renua poach FG councillor upset with Taoiseach
Renua Ireland has poached a Fine Gael councillor who says he is "disillusioned" with Enda Kenny's leadership.
Fingal county councillor Keith Redmond claimed that the "vast majority" of Fine Gael members believe that Mr Kenny is holding back the party.
"I wouldn't be particularly warm towards Enda and he is not exactly an inspirational leader," he said.
The councillor, who was previously a member of the Progressive Democrats, said the Coalition was 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 decided to join Renua after Lucinda Creighton unveiled her plan to introduce a 23pc flat tax rate.
He has not declared his candidacy for the forthcoming General Election but Renua hopes 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.
This comes after Renua's Wexford member Shane Dunphy became the third declared candidate to drop out of the election race.
The childcare worker said he "wouldn't be able to scratch the surface" with the amount of time that he had available to campaign.
Ms Creighton told the Irish Independent that she is not concerned about losing Mr Dunphy, as well as Jonathan Irwin in Kildare and James Charity in Galway.
She said: "If I was to panic over someone changing their mind, I wouldn't be in politics. I'm fairly calm, cool and collected. They are all for different reasons. You're talking about new people who have never been in politics before."