Wednesday 13 December 2017

Stephen Donnelly: 'I want to be at the Cabinet table to get things done'

TD Stephen Donnelly
TD Stephen Donnelly
Niall O'Connor

Niall O'Connor

Independent TD Stephen Donnelly says he is being encouraged by a large number of his supporters to join a political party.

The Wicklow deputy said he has embarked on a consultation period with voters in his constituency since his shock departure from the Social Democrats.

Mr Donnelly said some of his supporters have expressed the view that the best way to achieve change is at the Cabinet table.

"One reaction is stay as an independent for a while, (but) no matter how well you do as an independent, you are really a stretcher bearer in somebody elses war," Mr Donnelly told 'The Morning Show' on East Coast FM.

"My ambition for the country is not marginal, I want to be part of changing the direction for the country," he added.

Mr Donnelly said he is enjoying life as an Independent and raising issues in the Dáil such as vulture funds.

While insisting he has not been approached by any party, Mr Donnelly said he would like to serve at the Cabinet table.

"Yes I can stay as an independent or I can go into a party. If I go into a party, no matter what party i go into, some people will be really happy about that, some people will be disappointed," Mr Donnelly said.

"It's really not so muc about being a minister, it's about making change

So, yes, I would like to serve as a minister but there's some people who have been in politics all their lives, they are just dying to be in that photograph and be called a minister and all that craic.

Do I want to be at the Cabinet table? Yes, but to get things done."

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