VIDEO: Fianna Fail's Sean Haughey on his party in government - 'Whatever role we are asked to play.... we will do'
Published 27/02/2016 | 18:25
Fianna Fail's Sean Haughey - who is expected to get one of the five seats in Dublin Bay North - says he believes his party will do what's asked of them whether it is in government or opposition.
Haughey, who is the son of late toaiseach Charlie Haughey, was asked by independent.ie's Dearbhail McDonald as to whether his party will enter government.
He replied: "It remains to be seen. We are a responsible democratic party. We have been central to the democratic system... so whatever role we are asked to play whether it be in government or in opposition, we will do that but it remains too early to say what that's going to be."
Mr Haughey said he knew Fianna Fail went back to basics after their devastating defeat in 2011.
"We have worked very hard as a party. We had a very bad defeat. We lost nearly 60 seats in 2011 and we had no representation in a number of constituencies.
"We really have worked very hard from grassroots level, gone back to basics.
"[We] still a lot of work to be done. There was certainly a lot of apathy on the doorsteps. People are not enamoured totally with politics. All of us who have been elected to Dail Eireann have a job of work to do in building up trust with the electorate, being responsive to their needs and to form a government. We need to assess what the electorate have said to us.
"I felt the government were very unpopular - although I picked that up in the local elections in 2014 so that was very apparent to me.
"I think in the last few days of the campaign, momentum picked up behind Fianna Fail. It may not have been picked up in the opinion polls but the general feeling was Micheal Martin had done particularly well in the election debates and that became clear on the doorsteps too.
When asked how he felt getting the Haughey name back into the Dail, Mr Haughey said he was pleased but the electorate do not care for political dynasties.
"A family tradition is certainly important to me, it provides me with a certain amount of motivation. I'm also very happy to see a new generation, my own children and my nieces and nephews take to politics in this election.
"It is a family affair but having said that, the electorate are not that interested in what's happened in the past or tradition. They wanted to know what I was going to do for them in the future so it's onwards and upwards from here."