Oh, and here’s some more bad news for Micheal Martin (this time it is actually real bad news)…
BREAKING: Fianna Fail MEP Brian Crowley is to leave ALDE + join the ECR, home of the British Tory MEPs, Danish Peoples’ Party + True Finns
— Tony Connelly (@tconnellyRTE) June 23, 2014
So, his only MEP has gone rogue and swung back to the right [with the British Tories? – Ed] to join the ECR group and leaving the much diminished Liberal ALDE group of MEPs.
That’s Double Ouch actually in the sense that in both 2009 and 2014 EP elections Crowley rode out his party’s drop in the European poll… A parting of the ways now, would leave Fianna Fail with no European representatives in Brussels.
Micheal Martin apparently is furious…
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