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“There are some very good ministers and some very poor ones”

Lucinda Creighton today took aim at her former cabinet colleagues.

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EXILED FORMER FINE Gael TD Lucinda Creighton today took aim at her former party colleagues.

Speaking to Today FM’s The Last Word programme today, Creighton was asked about her opinions on an array of topics, including the cabinet in which she sat until being stripped of the Fine Gael party whip last summer.

Without naming any names, Creighton told Cooper that she was a fan of some of her former fellow colleagues.

“There are some very good ministers and some very poor ones.”

However, Creighton remained tight-lipped when asked to point the finger.

She also voiced her displeasure with the coalition government, saying that it was “a happy arrangement. Too happy at times.”


When asked by Cooper about next year’s marriage referendum, Creighton said that she had not decided if she will campaign, but said that she didn’t support redefining marriage.

“I would be sceptical about redefining marriage. The definition that we’ve had for millenia has served us well.”

When asked if that position was informed by her religion, the Reform Alliance de facto leader said that she was “not a very committed Catholic”, but believed that the criticism of the religion was becoming “vitriolic”.

“I wouldn’t be a particularly devout Catholic. The Church has made errors and caused pain, but the reaction by some people on the other side is becoming vitriolic.

It is almost a smear on someone’s character to call them a Catholic.


With the Reform Alliance set to kick off their conference in the RDS tomorrow, Creighton was keen to avoid the notion that the group of defected Fine Gael TDs and senators was a party.

“I would be careful not to rule out the possibility that all or some of us could end up in a party, but that’s not what this weekend is about.”

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