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Micheál Martin welcomes Labour councillor's defection to Fianna Fáil

Meath county councillor Jenny McHugh has quit Labour to join Fianna Fáil.

Image: Jenny McHugh via Flickr

MICHEÁL MARTIN HAS welcomed the defection of a Labour Party councillor in Meath to Fianna Fáil.

Jenny McHugh, who sits on Meath County Council, has resigned from the Labour Party and joined a party which she says most closely shares her values having become disillusioned with life in the junior coalition partner.

The school principal and mother-of-seven said: “I became involved in politics because I had a passion for the education of our young people and a commitment to fairness in public policy.

“Over the last two years it has become increasingly clear to me that the party which most closely shares those values is the Fianna Fáil Party under the leadership of Micheál Martin.”

Martin said he welcomed McHugh to his party which he said was providing “constructive opposition and real alternatives”.

“Jenny is a hard-working and energetic councillor with deep roots in her community and a strong commitment to education and social justice,” Martin said.

“She is a valuable addition to our team in Meath and I look forward to her contribution to our work developing and promoting a fairer way to recovery.”

McHugh’s profile on the Labour Party website has been removed this afternoon. A Labour spokesperson said that the defection was “regrettable”.

McHugh is the latest councillor to quit the Labour Party with three leaving last month over the party’s position on two separate issues.

Chairman of Wicklow County Council Tom Fortune and Wicklow county councillor Barry Nevin resigned from the party after failing to secure a meeting with party leader Eamon Gilmore.

Meanwhile, Galway councillor Shaun Cunniffe quit the party over its decision to legislate for the X Case judgment.

Read: Labour councillors resign after Gilmore fails to meet them

More: “It’s undemocratic” – Labour councillor quits the party over abortion

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