Fianna Fáil’s Éamon Ó Cuív has said he will decide in the next 24 hours about whether to leave the party his grandfather, Éamon de Valera, founded.
RTÉ News reported last night that Mr Ó Cuív said he had “a monumental decision” to make about his future in the party following a letter he received from the party this weekend.
Fianna Fáil sources confirmed last night that a letter had been sent to Mr Ó Cuív on his request, following discussions with the party whip at the weekend.
The letter reportedly acknowledged that Mr Ó Cuív had a different view to the party on the fiscal treaty.
It also contained reminders about party policy on the treaty and a pledge all Fianna Fáil TDs sign promising to obey party policy.
It also asked Mr Ó Cuív not to engage in media interviews campaigning for a no vote in the upcoming fiscal treaty referendum. It did not contain any threat of expulsion from the party.
However, Mr Ó Cuív told RTÉ that the implication of the letter was clear: He would have to leave the party if he did not agree.
He said he would think about the letter’s contents and come to a decision on his future as a member of the party today, saying that he now faced a “stark choice”.
Mr Ó Cuív was unavailable for comment last night, while Fianna Fáil also declined to comment.
Concerns have been raised in Fianna Fáil in recent weeks about the stance Mr Ó Cuív has taken on the fiscal treaty.
The Galway West TD has said that he will campaign for a no vote and that he “couldn’t do otherwise” because of the views he had expressed on the treaty.
In February, he resigned as the party’s deputy leader after he said he could not support the party’s intention to advocate a yes vote in the treaty referendum.
The party’s frontbench met last week and raised concerns about Mr Ó Cuív’s decision to side with the no campaign on the airwaves.
Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has admitted in recent weeks that he was disappointed with his party colleague’s stance on the treaty.
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