Saturday 22 October 2016

Finance Minister Michael Noonan on Fine Gael/Fianna Fáil coalition: 'Never is the word rather than ever'

Published 19/02/2016 | 08:52

Michael Noonan
Michael Noonan

Finance Minister Michael Noonan has categorically said that he won’t go into Government with Fianna Fáil.

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Noonan was speaking on Morning Ireland this morning in a head to head debate with Fianna Fail’s spokesperson on Public Expenditure and Reform Seán Fleming.

When asked by radio presenter Cathal Mac Coille if he would do business with Seán Fleming, Mr Noonan said: “Never is the word rather than ever.”

He said: “No, I mean anyone who has a €1.2bn hole in their manifesto and still defends it when it’s self-evident that such a hole exists, I couldn’t do business with somebody like that.”

Equally, Mr Fleming retorted that Fianna Fáil had no interest in joining forces with Fine Gael for a Coalition.

“The answer is clear, we won’t be part of the Government with Fine Gael.”

Last week, launching the Fine Gael manifesto, the leader ruled out a coalition with Fianna Fail despite a slip in the latest opinion polls as the election campaign passed the halfway point.

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