Friday 23 March 2018

Fine Gael can't give FF chance to pull plug on Government before it has a new leader in place

The Fine Gael Parliamentary Party meets in Newbridge, Co Kildare, today and tomorrow for its annual think-in. For the first time in over 20 years, former TD and Parliamentary Party chairman Tom Hayes will not be there. Here he gives his views on the Fine Gael party today and offers some advice to his former colleagues

Tom Hayes Photo: Tom Burke
Tom Hayes Photo: Tom Burke

Tom Hayes

Next week for the first time in many years I will not be attending the annual think-in of the Fine Gael Parliamentary Party in Newbridge. Having served as both a senator and TD for more than 20 years, I was one of those unlucky enough to lose my seat in the February General Election. I will be the first to admit, my defeat came as a major blow to me and it has taken some time to sink in.

But the past six months has also given me an opportunity to reflect on the Fine Gael party and where it is headed in the months and years ahead. Having led the country out of the deepest recession in recent years, Fine Gael and its leader Enda Kenny can be proud of an immense achievement that will forever be recorded in history.

The Taoiseach reacted to the February election result by offering a full partnership government to Fianna Fáil.

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