Dissident Republicans call it a day

Independent Fianna Fail is to merge with Fianna Fáil after a thirty plus-year rift with the party’s only deputy, Niall Blaney, joining the Fianna Fail parliamentary party. Independent FF was founded in 1973 by the late Neil T. Blaney following the Arms Crisis. As a result, Fianna Fáil TD Jim McDaid, who opposed the merger, has reversed his decision to retire from politics. Should make for an interesting general election in Donegal.