Wednesday 28 September 2016

Parties told to get real and begin talking

Sarah MacDonald

Published 05/04/2016 | 02:30

Independent TDs (left to right) Sean Canney, John Halligan, Shane Ross, and Finian McGrath enter Government Buildings to continue talks over the formation of a new government. Photo: Photocall
Independent TDs (left to right) Sean Canney, John Halligan, Shane Ross, and Finian McGrath enter Government Buildings to continue talks over the formation of a new government. Photo: Photocall

Politicians must end the "choreography" and begin real talks on forming a government, a Mass for peace and reconciliation has heard.

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Capuchin Provincial Br Adrian Curran expressed exasperation at the political vacuum, with no government in place nearly six weeks after the General Election.

He told the country's politicians that it was time for their "choreography, more akin to the old Irish dance halls, to cease" and urged them "to move beyond political ambitions, strategising and party interests to a serious and honest engagement in order to form a Government for the people in the national interest".

The Capuchin friar warned that the volunteerism of charities "temporarily bandaging the wounds of homelessness and poverty" could only go so far and said that only a Government could effect real change for the homeless and the 117,000 mortgage holders in arrears, and address the problems in healthcare, industrial relations, education and transport.

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