Sinn Fein has announced that former Fianna Fail TD and Dublin City Councillor Chris Andrews has joined the party.
Sinn Fein Party Whip Aengus Ó Sndaigh TD said:
“Both Chris and I have worked on campaigns together and indeed were shipmates on the 2008 and 2011 freedom flotillas to Gaza.
“I am pleased to welcome Chris Andrews to Sinn Fein. I have known Chris for a long time and regard him a person genuinely committed to building a better country for all our citizens.”
Chris Andrews said;
“The problems that Ireland faces require a major political and economic change. I do not believe that such change can be delivered through Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael or Labour. Nor can it be delivered by 'Independents'.
“Joining a new party was not an easy decision for me as 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.
“I left Fianna Fail in 2012 following a long period of disillusionment at how distant the party had become from ordinary people suffering the brunt of social and economic problems.
“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 Fein’s work at community level, it's role in the Peace Process, its strong commitment to a united Ireland and as it's track record on international solidarity.
"As someone who is advocating change I must be willing to change personally and politically."