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

Stephen Donnelly with fellow party leaders Róisín Shortall and Catherine Murphy Pic: RollingNews

Stephen Donnelly had been mulling his departure from the Social Democrats for sometime but only informed his fellow party leaders,Róisín Shortall and Catherine Murphy, on Sunday.

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 ...