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Wednesday 7 December 2016

Paschal Donohoe: I want to see independents working 'inside government' as part of new government deal

Geraldine Gittens

Published 15/04/2016 | 09:02

Minister Paschal Donohoe. Photo: Photocall Ireland
Minister Paschal Donohoe. Photo: Photocall Ireland

Fine Gael TD and acting transport minister Paschal Donohoe has said he would like to see independents working “inside government” as part of a new government deal.

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Mr Donohoe said the proposal of a partnership government with Fianna Fáil still stands.

“I want to see independents inside government… I want to see them as part of the formal governing arrangement. I believe it is essential that we have a number of them inside government.”

The acting transport minister told RTE’s Morning Ireland today that his party will be demanding a written agreement between Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael as talks on government resume.

“We want the ability to be able to lead a minority government which has been recognised now by Fianna Fáil.”

“We absolutely must have a written agreement.”

“In order for a minority administration to be able to govern, let alone govern effectively, there must be a written agreement between ourselves and Fianna Fáil,” he said.

Mr Donohoe described the negotiations as “delicate”.

“We are in very delicate negotiations, not just with Fianna Fáil, but with other independents and other groups within the Dáil.”

“I believe that both parties are going into these negotiations on good faith.”

“I believe an election at this point would be very damaging given the progress this country has made.”

“If we end up in a place where the Dáil is unable to elect a Taoiseach, clearly an election will happen.”

“We have now had three votes, this cannot go on forever.”

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