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Sunday 4 December 2016

‘Disillusioned’ Fine Gael councillor Keith Redmond joins Renua

Keith Redmond
Keith Redmond

RENUA Ireland has poached a Fine Gael councillor who said he was “disillusioned” with the party under Enda Kenny’s leadership.

Fingal County Councillor Keith Redmond claimed the “vast majority” of Fine Gael members believe Mr Kenny is holding back the party.

“I wouldn’t be particularly warm towards Enda and he is not exactly an inspirational leader,” he said.

The councillor – who was previously a member of the Progressive Democrats – said the Coalition was the “most nanny state Government in the history of the State”.

“They are policing everything we eat, drink, smoke and everything else,” he said. Mr Redmond said he decided to join Renua after Lucinda Creighton unveiled her plan to introduce a 23pc flat tax rate.

Drop

The councillor has not declared his candidacy for the general election, but Renua hope to run him in the five-seat Dublin Fingal constituency. He would take on Children’s Minister James Reilly and Fine Gael TD Alan Farrell.

It comes after Renua’s Wexford member Shane Dunphy became the third declared candidate to drop out of the election race.

The childcare worker said he “wouldn’t be able to scratch the surface” with the amount of time he had available to campaign and it would have resulted in “a half-hearted attempt”.

Ms Creighton told the Herald that she was not concerned about losing Mr Dunphy, as well as Jonathan Irwin in Kildare and James Charity in Galway.

“If I was to panic or flap over someone changing their mind I wouldn’t be in politics. I’m fairly calm, cool and collected,” she said.

“They are all for different reasons. You’re talking about new people who have never been in politics before. People take on the challenge and they maybe haven’t fully comprehended how hard it can be.”

Renua will unveil three new candidates in Dun Laoghaire, Limerick and Cavan/Monaghan this week.

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