Louth TD Peter Fitzpatrick resigns from Fine Gael party
Anti-abortion deputy was member of Oireachtas committee on Eighth Amendment
Louth TD Peter Fitzpatrick: ‘The decision to resign from Fine Gael was a difficult decision to make.’
Mr Fitzpatrick said in a statement on Monday night that he felt “isolated” in Fine Gael in recent times. He was a member of the Oireachtas committee on the Eighth Amendment and was strongly anti-abortion.
His move will reduce Fine Gael’s Dáil strength from 50 to 49 TDs.
“The decision to resign from Fine Gael was a difficult decision to make,” the TD, who was first elected in 2011, said in a statement.
“I have given 100 per cent commitment during my time as a member of the party and have always been a team player.
“I backed the party when some very difficult decisions had to be taken, even when I did not agree with the party I always supported them. Unfortunately over the past 15 months I have not been given the same support from Fine Gael as I had given them. My views were not always listened to and I felt isolated within the party itself.
“After careful consideration and with the help and advice of my family, close friends and constituents I have decided that I would like to continue my career in politics and as a result it is my intention to stand as an independent candidate in the next general election.”