Charity quits Renua after just three months

Thu, Jul 30, 2015

Cllr James Charity.

Three months after joining Renua, Galway county councillor James Charity has sensationally quit Lucinda Creighton's party, accusing it of "U-turns on its water charges policy" and for failing to support him on "issues of local importance".

Cllr Charity, who joined Renua in May, declaring the party was "not there to prop up or support Government policy, but rather to act as the people’s watchdog", and who was announced as the party's Galway West candidate earlier this month, yesterday declared he was "parting ways with Renua Ireland". He will still be contesting the 2016 Election, but in his original status as an Independent.

While he said the "absence of policies" in health and agriculture were "of grave and irreparable concern", his chief reason for quitting was Renua's position on water charges, which he alleged was more about "attacking the newly developed Social Democrats without thinking through its own position". However his version of events has been challenged by a senior figure in Renua, Dep Billy Timmins,, who said the party's position on water charges has remained consistent since its formation.


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