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Healy-Rae: Next vote must be decisive

Published 23/04/2016 | 02:30

Independent Michael Healy Rae. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Independent Michael Healy Rae. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins

Independent Michael Healy-Rae has said the next Dáil vote for Taoiseach must be decisive as TDs expressed frustration at the pace of talks between Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil.

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Both acting Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin have each failed to be elected as Taoiseach three times.

"I do not want a vote unless they're ready," Mr Healy-Rae told the Irish Independent, adding that in his view "they're nowhere near ready" because Independents will need time to consider the outcome of the talks before they'd "buy into a government". The Kerry TD criticised the pace of negotiations, saying the parties "should have started these talks a couple of days after polling day". He said the next Dáil vote for Taoiseach should be "the last vote".

Roscommon-Galway TD Denis Naughton of the 'Rural Five' group said: "I think the country would like to see a vote for Taoiseach next week - myself included. Whether that's possible or not I honestly don't know."

He said he published an outline of how a partnership minority government could be formed. "It's a pity they didn't take our advice five weeks ago. We'd probably have a government in place".

Longford-Westmeath TD Kevin 'Boxer' Moran warned that the Independents' support shouldn't be taken for granted but said that he wants to see a government in place "as quickly as possible". He said he was still hopeful there could be a vote for Taoiseach on Thursday but that was before talks between the main parties stalled last night.

Irish Independent

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