June 18, 2021

ELECTION 2020 FALLOUT: Outgoing Waterford Senator Paudie Coffey calls on Leo Varadkar to ‘step aside’ as FG leader

Outgoing Waterford Senator Paudie Coffey has called on Leo Varadkar to “step aside” as Fine Gael leader.

The former minister spoke out today after Fine Gael’s disastrous showing in the 2020 General Election in Waterford, which has left the party without a TD in the constituency for the first time ever.

Speaking to WLRfm, Coffey said of Varadkar: “He should step aside as lader of Fine Gael and allow a new rebulding of the party from the grassroots up again.”

Both FG candidates, city-based John Cummins and Dungarvan-based Damien Geoghegan, failed to reach the quota to be elected for the 33rd Dáil.

There was drama in the early hours of this morning Green Party newcomer Marc Ó Cathasaigh joined poll topper David Cullinane, Fianna Fáil’s Mary Butler and Independent Matt Shanahan as Waterford’s Dáil representatives.

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