Sinn Féin TD for Wicklow/East Carlow John Brady has said that Deputy Stephen Donnelly’s move to Fianna Fáil has been a long time coming.
Teachta Brady said:
“The news that Deputy Donnelly is to join Fianna Fáil is disappointing, but not surprising. It is something that has been talked about over recent years and, even more so, since his departure from the Social Democrats last year.
“This time last year, Deputy Donnelly stood on a platform of fighting for a strengthened economy and an improved health service. Today, he joins the very party that single handily destroyed our economy and unashamedly presides over a two tier health service.
“Fianna Fáil’s privatisation agenda is well known, be it in the health service or our transport service, and this could not be further from the platform Deputy Donnelly stood on only last year.
“On a day like today, I recall Deputy Donnelly’s stance after the last General election when a Government was being formed and his disgust at Fianna Fáil even considering sharing power with Fine Gael having made promises to the contrary.
“I would question Deputy Donnelly’s own promises to the people of Wicklow in the last election and I wonder if the thousands of people who voted in good faith for Deputy Donnelly in Wicklow are feeling betrayed.
"It is hard to see how the ordinary grassroots members of Fianna Fáil will relate to Donnelly and what he stands for.
“As the only opposition TD representing Wicklow/East Carlow, I fully intend to hold Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael to account.”