Taoiseach speaks of ‘regret’ at Fitzpatrick decision
THE decision by Peter Fitzpatrick to resign from Fine Gael and served the rest of his current Dail term as an independent prompted a public statement from An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar last week.
Mr. Varadkar said: ‘I am sorry to hear that Peter Fitzpatrick TD has decided to resign from the Fine Gael Parliamentary Party.
I know that he has been unhappy for some time and was a strong opponent of holding a referendum on the Eight Amendment. I spoke to Peter a few weeks ago when he decided not to seek a nomination to contest the next General Election as a Fine Gael candidate. ‘
He added: ‘At the time, he confirmed that he would continue to sit, act and vote as a Fine Gael TD until the end of his mandate. I regret that he has since changed his mind.’
The Taoiseach also highlighted the new addition to the party ticket in Louth.
‘Fine Gael is confident that it will retain its two seats in the Louth constituency. Cllr John McGahon has been selected to run alongside Fergus O’Dowd TD.’
Deputy Fitzpatrick has since spoken of his position as an Independent for the remainder of the Dail term, saying that he would be prepared to vote with the government, ‘if it helped the squeezed middle.’