Friday 28 October 2016

Coalition can work with 'small number of allies'

Published 11/01/2016 | 02:30

Former Fine Gael strategist Frank Flannery Photo: Gerry Mooney
Former Fine Gael strategist Frank Flannery Photo: Gerry Mooney

Fine Gael and the Labour Party may need to do a deal with a "small number of friendly allies" in order to form a coalition, according to Frank Flannery.

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The former Fine Gael strategist has said voters are anxious to maintain economic stability and that Sinn Féin is not yet ready to serve in government.

He said the most likely result of an election is that the present Government will have enough votes to form a government alone or with a "small number of friendly allies".

"What is essential is we get a stable government in one way or another," said Mr Flannery, adding that this is "a line coming from a lot of middle-of-the-road people who want the recovery to be sustained."

Meanwhile, Mr Flannery, pictured, said he has no "negative feelings" towards Taoiseach Enda Kenny - despite departing as party strategist: "We're not enemies. I don't have negative feelings towards him at all," he told Miriam O'Callaghan on RTÉ radio yesterday.

"He has a job to do and he's doing it with great perseverance He has my backing and if he doesn't want it, he has my very good wishes," he said.

The former Rehab CEO also launched an attack on the Public Accounts Committee (PAC), saying that it had abused its privilege and has had a negative effect on a number of organisations.

"The Committee on Procedure and Privileges declared PAC was working outside its remit."

Irish Independent

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