Saturday 1 October 2016

Sinn Fein won’t become a minority government party – Mary Lou McDonald

Published 28/02/2016 | 09:36

Sinn Fein's Mary Lou McDonald following her election in Dublin Central Credit: Tom Burke
Sinn Fein's Mary Lou McDonald following her election in Dublin Central Credit: Tom Burke

Mary Lou McDonald believes Sinn Fein won’t become a minority party in government and will remain in opposition.

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Speaking on RTE’s Morning Ireland she said: “We will not be the facilitators or enablers of Fianna Fail or Fine Gael to run rampant across an unequal society – in other words we are very different from Labour in that respect.”  

Sinn Fein currently stand on 13 seats with an expectation that it will end up with approximately 25 seats.

McDonald, who topped the Dublin Central poll, said the future of the party would be a decision for the Sinn Fein Ard Fheis to make.

 “When our party deliberated on this previously it was quite clear that there was no appetite for our party to be a minority or junior party in Government, “she explained.

McDonald refused to accept her party could have had a better performance in the election and said the result appears within the range they had expected.

However, she said the party could always improve until it wins an overall majority.

“You can always do better and until the day arrives where we’re in the position that we command an overall majority, should we ever see that day, I will always say yes of course we can build more, yes of course we can advance more.

“I had never anticipated a result other than us being in the 20s.This is a very substantial change and growth for the party.”

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