Clare Daly and Mick Wallace have rebuffed an approach by Unite to open up their Independents4Change party to candidates from across the trade union movement and the Right2Change platform.
The MEPs have not acknowledged or replied to a letter from Brendan Ogle, Unite’s senior officer in the Republic, seeking a meeting with them. Ogle also proposed that the meeting involve Joan Collins, an Independents4Change TD, and Declan Bree, a socialist councillor in Sligo who is chairman of a Unite branch.
Daly and Wallace, who had been TDs for Dublin Fingal and Wexford respectively, have now left the Dail having being elected to the European parliament.
This weekend Ogle said:
The success of Mick and Clare’s election and the size of the vote they got could have been a real boost to the efforts to deliver a progressive government on the left. The fact that that hasn’t been allowed to happen is just something we will take on the chin and we will move on. We will continue to try to deliver a progressive government for as long as we are here.
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