COMMENT: This is why Stephen Donnelly left the Social Democrats

What now for the SocDems and what will Donnelly do next? asks Hugh O'Connell

6th September, 2016
Stephen Donnelly with fellow party leaders Róisín Shortall and Catherine Murphy Pic: RollingNews

The trio, along with the SocDems’ political director Anne Marie McNally and a Donnelly ally, met in Shortall’s house in north Dublin that afternoon and agreed that both sides would issue their own statements around Monday lunchtime.

Sure enough the Wicklow deputy became the first TD to change his affiliation in the 32nd Dáil yesterday afternoon.

He must now sit awkwardly alongside Murphy and Shortall in the chamber for votes...

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