Daniel Murray: Fine Gael faces a dogfight for seats as TDs head for the exit

With up to a dozen FG TDs either out or heading for the door,the government party will be in for a major battle to remain viable

Taoiseach and leader of Fine Gael Leo Varadkar with Michael Creed TD, who has said he will not contest the next election, and Michael Ring TD. Picture: RollingNews

When Michael Creed announced his intention last week not to contest the next election, it didn’t come as a surprise to many in Fine Gael.

Creed has been rumoured for some time to be one of several Fine Gael TDs who would not seek re-election. But that didn’t take the sting out of having to publicly acknowledge the loss of a party veteran, and poll topper in Cork North-West.

Creed is the latest of five ...