Fianna Fail to Join European Liberals?
Posted by jonathanfryer on Monday, 2nd March, 2009
Ireland’s ruling Fianna Fail is on its way to join the UK Liberal Democrats and other European Liberal parties in the continent-wide European Liberal Democrat and Reform Party (ELDR), according to the Irish Taoiseach (Prime Minister), Brian Cowen. Successful integration into the ELDR — on whose governing Council I sit — would then probably lead to Finanna Fail MEPs joining the ALDE group in the European Parliament after June’s European elections.
The move has been warmly welcomed by the current leader of the ALDE Group, Graham Watson (LibDem MEP for South East England), who commented, ‘I am certain that any application from Fianna Fail to join the Liberals and Democrats will be wel -received. Fianna Fail MEPs would have no difficulty integrating into our group.’
Under Graham Watson’s stewardship, the ALDE Group has already swelled to over 100 members — the largest ever Liberal presence in the European Parliament’s history.