Tuesday 21 November 2017

Social Democrats are now just another far-left party

Donnelly departure will see new party of protest facing an uphill battle at the next general election

Recent departure: Stephen Donnelly with former Social Democrats colleagues, deputies Catherine Murphy and Roisin Shortall Photo: Tom Burke
Recent departure: Stephen Donnelly with former Social Democrats colleagues, deputies Catherine Murphy and Roisin Shortall Photo: Tom Burke
Philip Ryan

Philip Ryan

This day last week, Stephen Donnelly sat down with his now former Social Democrats colleagues to discuss his departure from the party.

They met in Roisin Shortall's home in north Dublin. Catherine Murphy was at the table, as was the party's political director, Anne-Marie McNally.

The meeting was very civilised and professional. It was decided the Social Democrats and Donnelly would release separate statements the following day.

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