Friday 19 January 2018

Crowley's move raises new doubt on Martin's authority

Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin
Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin
John Downing

John Downing

IN A funny way, this one is Garret FitzGerald's fault. The Christian Democrat EPP group would have been Fianna Fail's natural home in European Union politics. But in 1976, when the EPP was being formed, Fine Gael's soon-to-be leader, Garret FitzGerald, got there first and in the process slammed the door on Fianna Fail.

Over Ireland's 40-plus years of EU membership, few people have paid much attention to Fianna Fail's periodic quests for a political home.

The reality was that Fine Gael and Labour, through their membership with the other big group, the Socialists, had better access at crucial times to the big power blocs in Brussels and the other capitals.

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