Friday 30 September 2016

Willie O'Dea: Fine Gael fear a stampede of Independents supporting Micheál Martin in Taoiseach vote

Published 14/04/2016 | 12:21

Willie O'Dea
Willie O'Dea

Fianna Fail's Willie O'Dea said Fine Gael fear a “stampede of Independents” supporting Micheal Martin ahead of the vote for Taoiseach this afternoon.

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Mr O'Dea also hit out at Acting-Taoiseach Enda Kenny's attempts to be re-elected, saying “he's desperate for power.”

“It would be historical to become the first Fine Gael person re-elected but stumbling into power and doing deals of all sorts, letting everybody have what they want is not very dignified and not a proper way to become Taoiseach,” he said.

Mr O'Dea said Independents would be “more comfortable” voting for his party leader Micheal Martin from talking to other TDs.

Meanwhile, Independent TDs Kevin Boxer Moran and Finian McGrath said they were “unhappy” about a final ultimatum Mr Martin issue last night seeking their support.

Mr Moran said he made “his case known” that he would be abstaining in the vote as a result.

Independent TD Mattie McGrath clarified his position after saying he would not vote for Mr Kenny.

“I spoke about why I couldn't vote for Fine Gael but I didn't say I'd vote for Micheal Martin,” he said.

“I hate abstaining, I've done it twice and I prefer to vote."

Mr McGrath added it was easier to work with Fianna Fail.

"For two reasons; they campaigned against the Government during the Election and when we talked to Fine Gael, it was like talking to the army.

“We were talking to the system and it didn't want to be changed. When we got the final document it wasn't satisfactory.”

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