Tuesday 27 September 2016

'We entered this election looking for a change of Government,' Dara Calleary (FF) rules out coalition with Fine Gael

Published 28/02/2016 | 17:25

Lisa Chambers is congratulated with Dara Calleary after they were elected for Mayo
Lisa Chambers is congratulated with Dara Calleary after they were elected for Mayo

FIANNA Fáil's Dara Calleary has reiterated his stance against entering government with Fine Gael.

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The Mayo TD who was elected along with running mate Lisa Chambers on the tenth count said; "I feel very strongly that we entered into this election looking for a change of Government. We put fairness and Micheal Martin put fairness at the heart of a campaign which was meant to be a coronation. He put a fight into this campaign and we achieved a mandate yesterday on the basis of changing government, on the basis of putting fairness at the centre of government and I don't think Fine Gael can respond to that mandate."

He said the much larger Fianna Fáil parliamentary party would meet later this week to discuss the next step.

Mr Calleary said fairness and delivery to the regions had to be at the heart of the next Government.

He said he was confident a government could be formed that would last the course.

"You all told us we wouldn't have a good election, we proved you wrong. And I look forward to working on the mandate we got to produce a government and a coalition of fairness," he added.

He said his thoughts were with outgoing TDs John O'Mahony and Michelle Mulherin, adding: "It's a very, very tough trade when it goes wrong".

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