Wallace urges Labour to avoid coalition
Newly elected TD for Wexford Mick Wallace topped the polls in Wexford and says Labour should stay out of government and form a left alliance. INPHO/Donall FarmerPOLL-topping builder Mick Wallace last night accused Labour leader Eamon Gilmore of "falling over himself" to get into bed with Enda Kenny.
Mr Wallace was speaking as he urged Labour to stay out of government and instead lead a new left alliance in the Dail.
"If Labour were to stay out of government this time, I'd lay any money they'd be the largest party in the next election, but they can't wait to get into bed with Fine Gael despite the divergence of views.
"Labour had a great election in the sense that it's a record number of seats but it could have been even better. I think they were too closely linked with Fine Gael for the last month."
He said such a move would force Fianna Fail and Fine Gael to merge as a single party.
"I honestly think Fianna Fail and Fine Gael should go in together because the two of them think the same, it's a logical thing and I think they should bury their Civil War differences and I think Labour should now take this as an opportunity, as a real platform to become the major party in this State."
Mr Wallace and a number of newly elected Independents TDs will not have an automatic right to speaking time in the Dail.
But a number of the 13 newly elected Independents are meeting in the Dail at 5pm today to see if they can get enough numbers to form a "technical group" of at least 10 to guarantee them speaking time.