Sinn Féin TD for Wicklow/East Carlow and party spokesperson for Social Protection John Brady has said that the news of Deputy Stephen Donnelly’s departure from the Social Democrats is “unsurprising.”
Teachta Brady said:
“From the beginning Deputy Donnelly’s venture with Deputy Shortall and Deputy Murphy was quite bizarre. It didn’t seem like a very compatible coming together.
“At the time there were many questions asked as to the type of politics Deputy Donnelly held, which were seen to be in stark contrast to that of Deputy Shortall and Deputy Murphy.
“The big question now is how Deputy Donnelly will vote in relation to the Apple tax appeal.
“His views have been quite on the contrary to what his two former colleagues in the Social Democrats had been saying all along.
“As a party they were, and still remain, opposed to the appeal. However, Deputy Donnelly seemed to be stalling on the issue calling for more information and never rejected the appeal outright.
“If Deputy Donnelly does vote with the Government in favour of an appeal, further questions will arise as to his plans to remain on as an Independent TD.”