FG make ap­proach to Deputy Twomey

De­cem­ber 2003

Wexford People - - NEWS -

In­de­pen­dent Deputy Liam Twomey has con­firmed he was in­for­mally ap­proached about join­ing Fine Gael, but says he has no rea­son to join any po­lit­i­cal party - ‘for the mo­ment’.

‘All po­lit­i­cal par­ties are, I would say, suss­ing me out,’ said the Ross­lare-based GP.

‘I was in­vited to a dis­cus­sion with some­one from Fine Gael, but I didn’t re­alise the na­ture of the meet­ing ahead of it,’ said the Deputy.

‘I don’t know whether they were ap­proach­ing me for the next elec­tion, or for now, ‘ said Dr Twomey, de­clin­ing to com­ment on who ex­actly the meet­ing had been with.

Deputy Twomey said, how­ever, that he had no qualms about join­ing ei­ther of the main po­lit­i­cal group­ings – whether FF or FG – if it meant an im­prove­ment for Co. Wex­ford, be that in lo­cal hospi­tals, the county in­fra­struc­ture, or in ed­u­ca­tion.

‘I would still hold the point of view that I am al­ways open to dis­cus­sion if I think any po­si­tion can im­prove mat­ters for County Wex­ford,’ he said, also ex­press­ing sur­prise that any po­lit­i­cal party should seek to re­cruit him.

‘As an in­de­pen­dent, you have an open mouth, and you can do and say what you like. I prob­a­bly wouldn’t be able to do that to the same de­gree if I was a mem­ber of a po­lit­i­cal party. I would have to think about it very care­fully,’ he said.

- Twomey sub­se­quently joined Fine Gael nine months later, in Septem­ber 2004

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