Wednesday 18 October 2017

Shane Ross predicts 'robust' talks mean no government this week

Independent TD Shane Ross during a press briefing at Leinster House,Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney, Collins
Independent TD Shane Ross during a press briefing at Leinster House,Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney, Collins

Barry Lennon

Shane Ross cast doubt over Enda Kenny’s hopes to be re-elected as Taoiseach this week, predicting talks will reach a standstill today.

The Dublin-Rathdown TD believes “robust” negotiations between the Independent Alliance and Fine Gael could stall over the appointment of judges and to State boards.

“We’re going to talk, pretty robust discussions, on patronage and cronyism”, Mr Ross said before talks began at Government Buildings today.

“It’s going to be difficult because we’re going to be talking about the appointment of judges and appointments to State bodies, a controversial area.

Enda Kenny. Photo: Frank McGrath
Enda Kenny. Photo: Frank McGrath

“I think it (vote for Taoiseach this week) is very, very unlikely. We have to make sure there’s a radical change in Irish politics before we vote for anybody.”

His colleague Finian McGrath thinks a deal can be done but warned “there could be drama at the last minute.”

Mr McGrath added that, unlike other Independents, all he needs is a “yes or no” answer.

“A lot of my colleagues have blockages on the issues they’re fighting for, I’m only in a situation where all I need is a yes or a no,” he said.

“I don’t want anymore team talks or being brought around the houses.”

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