Thursday 29 September 2016

FF TDs overwhelmingly against partnership with FG - but Kenny gets party green light

Published 07/04/2016 | 12:36

Enda Kenny
Enda Kenny

ACTING Taoiseach Enda Kenny has received unanimous support of the Fine Gael parliamentary party to form a partnership government with Fianna Fail.

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Fine Gael TDs and senators met in Leinster House this morning to discuss Mr Kenny’s offer to form a “full and equal” government with Fianna Fail and Independent TDs.

More than an hour into the crucial meeting, there has been no opposition voiced against Mr Kenny’s proposal.

A motion of support was proposed at the meeting but a vote was not held as members believed it was not necessary due to the majority of TDs and senators backing the move.

Meanwhile, Fianna Fail leader Micheál Martin is briefing his members on the proposal set out to him by Mr Kenny last night.

Sources at the meeting said party members are “overwhelmingly” against forming a partnership with Fine Gael.

Mr Kenny is understood to have taken Mr Martin by surprise last night by offering him a full partnership government which could see both leaders rotate as Taoiseach.

The party leaders met for over an hour in Government Buildings where Mr Kenny said he did not believe a minority Fine Gael or Fianna Fail government was a stable option for the country

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