Lucinda Creighton has said she does not miss Fine Gael.
The Renua Ireland leader left the party after voting against the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Legislation after a free vote was refused.
Enda Kenny has now promised a free vote in the next Dáil if the issue of the 8th amendment is to be dealt with.
Deputy Creighton has said she has now put Fine Gael behind her: “I think, for me, that’s history and we are looking forward and excited about the election in 2016,
“We just want to get on with it and for me, Fine Gael is a chapter of history that is very firmly closed.”