Friday 24 March 2017

Michael Healy-Rae: 'I'm not hopeful a Government can be formed'

But he urges early talks between FG and FF leaders

Michael Healy-Rae thanks his supporters from the bonnet of his jeep with brother Danny and Cllr Johnny Healy-Rae. Photo: Frank McGrath
Michael Healy-Rae thanks his supporters from the bonnet of his jeep with brother Danny and Cllr Johnny Healy-Rae. Photo: Frank McGrath
Brothers Michael (left) and Danny Healy-Rae Photo: Niall Carson /PA Wire
John Downing

John Downing

KERRY Independent TD Michael Healy-Rae has said he is not hopeful a government power-sharing deal can be worked out between Fine Gael Fianna Fáil.

Mr Healy-Rae said he had formed this pessimistic view after “lengthy discussions” between himself and the acting Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, the Finance Minister, Michael Noonan, and Fianna Fáil leader, Micheál Martin.

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“It looks very uncertain that any common ground can be formed between the two parties,” the Kerry TD said.

“It now looks, following on from these discussions, that the only possibility of a government is a minority government," he said.

Mr Healy-Rae said even that would be very hard to put together. He stressed his belief that the leadership of the two major parties must come together very soon so, the possibility of “grand coalition” can be excluded, and other options then actively explored.

“If they cannot come to a successful conclusion the other opportunities should be explored as a matter of urgency,” he said.

The Independent TD said the ongoing lack of stable government was bad for business, farming, tourism and other sectors.

Mr Healy-Rae and his brother, Danny, made history in the general election when they took  two of the five seats Kerry Dáil seats. They are among 23 Independent TDs who will be involved in talks this week with the Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil leaderships.

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