The former Chair of Independent Fianna Fáil, said that the merger of Independent Fianna Fáil and the main Fianna Fáil party never really worked, and that it was a mistake.
Speaking to Raidió na Gaeltachta Jimmy Begley said that Independent Fianna Fáil had never really been welcomed into the Fianna Fáil camp, that they had always been viewed as the enemy.
He described the situation as ‘them and us’.
Mr Begley also said that the merger had never really been completed on the ground, and that only some of the positions on the committee had been filled.
He said that he would welcome the re-establishment of Independent Fianna Fáil, but feared that it may be too late.