Casey: I wel­come him to FF

Bray People - - NEWS - BY MYLES BUCHANAN

WICKLOW Fianna Fáil TD Pat Casey said he will wel­come Stephen Don­nelly to the party and be­lieves the pres­ence of the former So­cial Demo­crat will boost Fianna Fáil’s chances of pro­vid­ing an al­ter­na­tive Gov­ern­ment.

Deputy Casey feels that both he and Deputy Don­nelly had a great deal in com­mon re­gard­ing so­lu­tions for the hous­ing cri­sis, even when both TDs were on op­pos­ing sides.

‘I have worked with Stephen over a num­ber of years and have al­ways had a pos­i­tive work­ing re­la­tion­ship with him.

‘In fact dur­ing the elec­tion when we de­bated hous­ing on East Coast Ra­dio we had very lit­tle dis­agree­ment with what needed to be achieved to pro­vide re­al­is­tic so­lu­tions,’ said Deputy Casey.

The Glen­dalough-based TD also said that he feels Fianna Fáil’s re­cent resur­gence proves how wrong the doubters pre­dict­ing their demise six years ago were.

‘Af­ter the 2011 gen­eral elec­tion we had no TD and many in the me­dia were say­ing that Fianna Fáil couldn’t sur­vive.

‘I along with my fel­low coun­cil­lors and the lo­cal Fianna Fáil or­gan­i­sa­tion de­cided that we would learn the lessons of the crash and re­build a vi­brant and rel­e­vant Repub­li­can party that can of­fer the peo­ple of Wicklow and East Car­low a rad­i­cal change that would put fair­ness for all peo­ple in Hous­ing, Jobs, Ru­ral Devel­op­ment and com­mu­nity ser­vices as pri­or­ity ar­eas.

‘ This hard work on the ground was ac­knowl­edged by the peo­ple in the lo­cal elec­tions in 2014 when seven coun­cil­lors were elected.

‘From that base we be­gan work­ing to re­gain a Dáil seat against all the odds.

‘I could not have been elected with­out that Fianna Fáil team.’

Now the Fianna Fáil hous­ing spokesper­son looks for­ward to work­ing along­side Deputy Don­nelly as party col­leagues, even though he ac­knowl­edges his re-elec­tion chances could be af­fected.

‘I think Stephen has recog­nised that work and Fianna Fáil’s fo­cus on pro­vid­ing real and last­ing so­lu­tions and that this has con­vinced him to join our team in Wicklow. I know that some in our or­gan­i­sa­tion will have con­cerns about this and in par­tic­u­lar the process used. I also ac­knowl­edge that my own task of get­ting elected will be more dif­fi­cult but it is a chal­lenge that can be achieved if we work to­gether.’

TD Pat Casey with his grand­niece Kayleigh Casey-Mur­phy at the protest by sup­port­ers of Laragh post of­fice out­side the Dáil re­cently.

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