Warnock eyes Social Democrats

Cllr Gerry Warnock. Photo: Willie Farrell
General election candidate Gerry Warnock has said he would be interested in speaking to the newly-formed Social Democrat party if an approach was made.

General election candidate Gerry Warnock has said he would be interested in speaking to the newly-formed Social Democrat party if an approach was made.

The Independent representative said he had been left mightily impressed by the decision of Dáil Deputies Roisin Shortall, Catherine Murphy and Stephen Donnelly to form a united union ahead of the next election.

But the Cathaoirleach of Longford County Council also vowed to ensure any talks that do take place won’t impinge on his own plans as County Chair.

“It certainly looks like they mean business,” he said, when asked about the Social Democrats’ formation.

“Obviously, I would have to take a closer look at their policies, but they are made up of three very credible TDs.”

He espoused the attributes of one of the Social Democrats’ main voices-Wicklow and East Carlow TD Stephen Donnelly, particularly in relation to water charges.

“He has done some great work in that area,” added Cllr Warnock.

“He has found that the money they (Irish Water) are taking in is just paying for the billing system and nothing else.

“It more or less means you are being billed for being billed.”

“And I do fully respect each of these three TDs, but it (prospective decision to join) would have to be 100 per cent in line with my own policies before I would ever jeopordise my rights and views as an Independent candidate,” Cllr Warnock told the Leader this week.

Cllr Warnock had originally been linked to the Shane Ross-led Independent Alliance but he moved to distance himself from the group recently.