Thorncastle Street, Dublin 4.
Sinn Féin President Mary Lou McDonald and newly elected Sinn Féin TD Chris Andrews doing the Macarena during an event in the Ringsend Irishtown Community Centre.
Chris Andrews during the 2011 General Election
If it didn’t fall into its lap, you could say it is a master stroke by Sinn Fein. In one fell swoop, it gives the party a strong possibility of a south Dublin seat, as well as creating a serious threat in this constituency to Kevin Humphreys, the second Labour TD – and, most satisfyingly for SF, it also puts a serious block in the way of a Fianna Fail seat there for barrister Jim O’Callaghan (Miriam’s brother).
Even as it is, Andrews’s ‘defection’ is emblematic of a wider political shift, which is the further welcome removal of SF from its IRA-associated past and the arrival into the party of credible, street-savvy and mainstream figures like Andrews.
…Andrew’s FF expulsion didn’t faze him. He was already disillusioned by the system and once told me, revealingly, that the problem was that people did not want real political change – “They only want to change the gatekeepers.”
Andrews’s defection a harbinger of political change (Eamon Delaney, Irish Independent)
Previously: Regime Change
Chris Andrews and President Assad in happier times.
During his mid-life Twitter breakdown ‘brianformerff’ [Chris} got down and dirty with peace-loving Rovers fan Buzz O’Neill. With potentially unhilarious legal consequences.
(Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland)
Chris Andrews and the Syrian President in happier times. From a Fianna Fail election leaflet via TheSystemWorks blog
He had also used the fake account to criticise “dynasties” in Fianna Fail, even though he himself is a grandson of former minister Todd Andrews, a son of former TD Niall Andrews and a cousin of former junior minister Barry Andrews — all part of the Fianna Fail family.
Andrews Quit FF After Learning Of Fake Tweet Probe (Michael Brennan, irish Independent)
Sting Op Exposes Andrews Over FF Twitter Rants (Jerome Reilly, Sunday Independent)
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