Brian Cowley is expelled from Fianna Fail (whip)…

And then, there were no Fianna Fail MEPs… This brief statement from Fianna Fáil Chairman Brendan Smith and FF Whip Seán Ó Fearghaíl, half an hour ago…

“At today’s meeting of the Fianna Fáil Parliamentary Party, it was agreed that the ideas and principles of the ECR group and its component parties are totally incompatible with the core principles of Fianna Fáil, The Republican Party.

“We do not believe it is in the interest of the Fianna Fáil party and its members to have any association with the ECR in the European Parliament.

“As a direct consequence of Brian Crowley’s unilateral decision to join the ECR group he has removed himself from the Fianna Fáil Parliamentary Party.”

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