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Donnelly applies to join Fianna Fáil

The Fianna Fáil parliamentary party has been told Stephen Donnelly has applied for membership.

The news was announced at a closed meeting of Fianna Fail TDs and Senators in Leinster House this morning.

Mr Donnelly was first elected to the Dail in 2011 as an Independent for Wicklow.

He was a founding member of the Social Democrats but left during the summer of 2016 following disagreements with co-leaders Roisin Shortall and Catherine Murphy.

Before setting up the new party he had regularly been approached by Fianna Fáil figures about joining them, and has now officially applied to do so.

He is married with two young children and has a degree in mechanical engineering from UCD.