“I don’t know if Sinn Féin has the ability to deliver in that way.”

Independent MLA Gerry McHugh’s membership of Fianna Fáil was noted yesterday, although the party itself seemed somewhat surprised. From the Irish Times

The party denied it now had “an elected representative in the Northern Assembly”. It added: “Fianna Fáil headquarters had not had any discussions with Mr McHugh concerning his membership of Fianna Fáil and he does not represent Fianna Fáil in the Northern Assembly.” The party statement concluded: “Fianna Fáil has no plans, at this stage, to be represented at elected-office level in Northern Ireland.” Mr McHugh had been unavailable for comment on the issue on [Monday] night, hours before the story broke. However, yesterday he described his new position as “an Independent who is in Fianna Fáil” rather than a Fianna Fáil member of the Assembly. “I’m not under the whip of any party and that is a massive difference,” he said.

In the Irish News, other anonymous “party sources” are predicting that 2 Sinn Féin and 4 SDLP councillors will join Fianna Fáil by February next year. Below the fold, Gerry McHugh explains his decision in a recorded interview on UTV Live Tonight. Video will autoplay.Gerry McHugh explains his decision to join Fianna Fáil.

Video courtesy of UTV