Monday 5 December 2016

New government may take months – Fine Gael Director of Elections Brian Hayes

Published 28/02/2016 | 14:05

Fine Gael director of election Brian Hayes says the forming of a new government may take months.

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However, Mr Hayes who admitted that the first preference vote for Fine Gael was “disappointing” said another election should be ruled out because “The Irish people have spoken”.

In an interview with Independent.ie he said: “There’s a responsibility on all the parties to see if a government can be formed now but that’s an open question. It might take a few months.

“The Irish electorate have thrown up a result that we as politicians now have to interpret and understand.

“We said we wouldn’t go in with Fianna Fail, they said they wouldn’t go in with us that is the de facto position. So if people are going to move from positions like that, it’s going to take time.”

Mr Hayes also spoke about where blame lies within his party for Fine Gael’s defeat however said no-one should become a scapegoat.

“I don’t think it’s a question of anyone in the party taking the fall for it.

“People should not be looking for scape goats they shouldn’t be blaming people within the party.

“I think we need to do that in the cold light of day. I’m very proud of our campaign, I’m proud of the fact it was a united campaign.

“The fundamental issue is, the government was unpopular and whatever the opinion polls were showing that unpopular was always going to find its voice in the ballot box as it did on Friday”, he said.

And he ruled out the prospect of another election saying the onus was on those elected to form a government.

“I am very much opposed to the idea that in some way we can go back to the electorate and say we’ll have another election please we don’t like this result – that’s other nonsense. The Irish people have spoken, they’ve asked the politicians now to form a government”, he said.

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