Kildare-based Labour councillor defects to Sinn Féin
Thomas Redmond says he went through a period of ‘serious disillusionment’ with party
Co Kildare-based councillor Thomas Redmond who said today he has left the Labour Party to join Sinn Féin.
“The Labour Party has failed to represent the best interests of ordinary working people or to protect the most vulnerable in our society,” he said. “I am no longer prepared to represent a party which does not reflect my views or the people who elected me.”
Mr Redmond has been a councillor since 2009 and works as a healthcare assistant and union official at Tallaght Hospital, Dublin.
Sinn Féin welcomed the development, with TD Aengus Ó Snodaigh saying it demonstrated the party’s “growing appeal across the length and breadth of Ireland”.
Mr Redmond is the latest in a series of politicians to defect from Labour since the party entered Government with Fine Gael.
MEP Nessa Childers has this summer left the party and Meath councillor Jenny McHugh has defected to Fianna Fáil.
Sinn Féin last week welcomed former TD Chris Andrews to its ranks following his acrimonious exit from Fianna Fáil, which occurred last year after he created a fake Twitter account to attack party leader Micheál Martin and others.