Former Fianna Fáil TD Chris Andrews joins Sinn Féin

SF ‘genuinely committed’ to political, social and economic change needed, says Andrews

Former Fianna Fáil TD Chris Andrews has joined Sinn Féin, the party has announced. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Former Fianna Fáil TD Chris Andrews has joined Sinn Féin, the party has announced. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Sat, Sep 7, 2013, 16:26

Former Fianna Fáil TD Chris Andrews has joined Sinn Féin, the party has announced.

Mr Andrews, who left Fianna Fáil in August 2012, said the decision to move to a new party was not an easy one.

“My family has been involved in Fianna Fáil since its foundations, but it has become very clear to me that the party no longer represented the ideals or values of its founders, including my grandfather,” he said.

“I have joined Sinn Féin because I firmly believe that it is genuinely committed to pursuing the political, social and economic change that Ireland now requires.

“My decision has been influenced by my first-hand experience of Sinn Féin’s work at community level, its role in the peace process, its strong commitment to a united Ireland and its track record on international solidarity.”

Sinn Féin party whip Aengus Ó Snodaigh said he is pleased to welcome Mr Andrews to the party.

“Both Chris and I have worked on campaigns together and indeed were shipmates on the 2008 and 2011 freedom flotillas to Gaza,” he said.

“I have known Chris for a long time and regard him a person genuinely committed to building a better country for all our citizens.”

Mr Andrews was heavily criticised for creating a fake Twitter account to attack Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin and other party officials last year.