Sunday 11 December 2016

Greens and Independents willing to talk to all parties

Published 02/03/2016 | 02:30

Green Party leader Eamon Ryan said he believed 'all parties should talk to each other'
Green Party leader Eamon Ryan said he believed 'all parties should talk to each other'

Members of the Green Party and Independent Alliance (IA) have said they are willing to talk to any of the main parties about their conditions for supporting a government.

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Green Party leader Eamon Ryan said he believed "all parties should talk to each other", while the IA's Michael Fitzmaurice said he was interested in speaking to other Independents to discuss how they could be "constructive" in the new Dáil.

Meanwhile, new Anti Austerity Alliance /People Before Profit (AAA/PBP) TD Gino Kenny said his alliance would wait "until the dust settles" before they met.

Mr Ryan said he and his fellow Green TD Catherine Martin "think all parties should talk to each other to consider how a government might be formed".

He said there was a homeless crisis and problems in health, adding: "If you want to manage that, you have to be willing to maybe compromise a little bit and say 'okay lets see if we could get a government and a programme for government that will address those crises'."

He didn't rule out entering government, despite the party being wiped out in terms of Dáil seats after its coalition with Fianna Fáil.

However, he admitted it was unlikely to happen as the party only had two TDs.

Five of the six Independent Alliance TDs met in Leinster House last night. The meeting was also attended by Tipperary Independent Mattie McGrath, who is not part of the grouping but who took part in discussions about the possibility of forming a technical group to secure more speaking rights in the Dáil.

Roscommon-Galway TD Mr Fitzmaurice said he and his IA colleagues "want to make sure that Independents work constructively to make sure that a government can be formed, and we will be leading the way in my opinion".

AAA/PBP's Mr Kenny ruled out a deal with Fine Gael or Fianna Fáil.

Irish Independent

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