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Sunday 22 October 2017

I've not given up on making change in politics - Lucinda

LUCINDA Creighton has not ruled out becoming Fine Gael's first female leader but she's not seeking forgiveness from Enda Kenny for her departure from her ministerial position.

The Dublin South East TD does not believe her defying of the party whip over the abortion law issue has damaged her political career or prospects.

The former Minister of State for European Affairs also laughs at the suggestion that she misses tete-a-tetes with the party leader.

"I don't think so. I'm very happy to be reunited with my husband and my dogs."

Despite her expul-sion from the Fine Gael parlia-mentary party, the 33-year old barrister says she is more determined than ever to continue in politics.

That determination includes her campaign against what she terms "dysfunctional" politics where she says there is "no good reason why Fine Gael can't be the vehicle for that change".

"That's what I've always worked for internally.

"I still hope Fine Gael would try to deliver on the reform we promised. If we don't, the Irish public will lose all confidence."

She believes the setting up of a new technical group is the way forward creating "a space where new ideas can flourish".

In an interview with the Sunday Independent, Ms Creighton rubbished any suggestion she was planning a new political party with Michael McDowell or considering him as a legal or political adviser.

csheehy@herald.ie

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