McGrath: Kenny needs to give us five ministries
Taoiseach Enda Kenny will have to give Independents five ministerial roles if he listens to TD Finnian McGrath.
The Independent Alliance deputy said Mr Kenny will need to give Independents “at least a third” of all ministries in a minority government on RTÉ’s Seán O’Rourke programme this morning.
Mr McGrath agreed that would be at least five positions as a Fine Gael minority looks like the only option for a new government after third failed attempt to elect a Taoiseach yesterday.
The Dublin North-Central TD said Independents would meet to discuss what areas they would seek in their discussions with Mr Kenny’s party.
“[To enter Government] we’d look to get firstly an implementation of Independent Alliance policies, secondly guarantee of three budgets, ideally I'd like to see five. And third full parity of esteem,” he said.
Fianna Fáil’s Barry Cowen joined Mr McGrath and said his party would look to agree three budgets in their talks to “facilitate” a Fine Gael minority.
“That may be possible. Something we will explore and something we will seek to agree with Fine Gael in our discussions,” Mr Cowen said.
“But as I said to you earlier, we’re going into it with an open mind. People don’t want to see another election.”