Saturday 1 October 2016

We could stumble into another election, warns Mary Harney

Majella O'Sullivan and Kevin Doyle

Published 18/04/2016 | 02:30

Mary Harney. Photo: Steve Humphreys
Mary Harney. Photo: Steve Humphreys

Former Tánaiste Mary Harney says she believes the country could "stumble into" another General Election and is very worried that a stable government has yet to be put in place.

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Ms Harney said she felt it was very damaging to Ireland's international reputation that it still didn't have a new government.

"As a citizen I'm very worried that we haven't been able to form a stable government and I think it has to be the priority - and I don't underestimate how difficult it is and it is particularly difficult given the make-up of the Dáil and the huge number of parties and Independents," she said.

"But I think everyone has the responsibility to focus on one thing and that is the future.

"I also think that, from an investment in the country's point of view, it's paramount we put a government in place quickly.

"We could stumble into another election but whether that would deliver another result or not I just don't know."

The former Progressive Democrats leader made her remarks at the Women in Media conference in Ballybunion, Co Kerry, where she delivered the closing address at the three-day event.

Acting Tánaiste Joan Burton told the same conference that remarks by a British psychologist on 'The Late Late Show' that her body language was linked to rejection in early childhood were "vulgar, crude and demeaning".

Ms Burton, who was adopted as a child, said the comments broadcast during the election campaign were "obviously deeply offensive to someone who didn't know their birth family or birth mother...RTÉ seemed to find the whole episode somewhat hilarious," she said, adding that Ryan Tubridy "seemed to find the idea amusing".

Irish Independent

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