Tuesday 17 October 2017

'Ending civil war politics is best for our country now' - Enda Kenny

Enda Kenny. Photo: Arthur Carron
Enda Kenny. Photo: Arthur Carron

Cormac McQuinn Political Correspondent

Acting Taoiseach Enda Kenny has this evening renewed his call for a partnership government with Fianna Fáil and Independents saying: "ending civil war politics is the best thing for our country now".

He said he is willing to host a meeting early next week involving Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin and Independent TDs.

Mr Martin last night rejected the partnership government proposal saying his party promised voters they would not enter a coalition with Fine Gael.

However, Mr Kenny has now renewed the call for a partnership government and said: "It is my hope that those willing to participate or support in a Partnership Government can come together to discuss and agree how such a Government will work."

Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin and Fine Gael leader Enda Kenny
Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin and Fine Gael leader Enda Kenny

He added: "I believe that a Partnership Government is in the best interests of our country and deserves full consideration.”

Mr Kenny's remarks come after the Independent Alliance wrote to him urging him to set up a meeting with Mr Martin this weekend.

Its deputies expressed frustration that the brief talks between Mr Kenny and Mr Martin broke down so quickly.

"We asked both of them to meet us within 24 hours because we felt the situation was getting ridiculous that they’d only spent 40 minutes talking in 40 days," said Dublin Rathdown Independent Shane Ross.

Independent Alliance members (l-r) Sean Canney, John Halligan, Shane Ross, Finian McGrath, Kevin 'Boxer' Moran ,and Michael Fitzmaurice: several independent TDs have warned they do not want to be stuck in protracted talks that lead to nothing Photo: Tom Burke
Independent Alliance members (l-r) Sean Canney, John Halligan, Shane Ross, Finian McGrath, Kevin 'Boxer' Moran ,and Michael Fitzmaurice: several independent TDs have warned they do not want to be stuck in protracted talks that lead to nothing Photo: Tom Burke

The IA later confirmed that Mr Martin accepted their invitation to meet in the next day to attempt to break the impasse on government formation talks.

"He has confirmed that he will happily discuss how a minority government could be formed with both Independent Alliance Deputies and Taoiseach Enda Kenny. We are awaiting a further response from Taoiseach Kenny," the IA statement said.

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