Sunday 23 October 2016

FF leader Martin dismisses Sinn Fein coalition deal

Published 02/12/2015 | 10:45

Fianna Fáil’s Micheál Martin
Fianna Fáil’s Micheál Martin

FIANNA FAIL leader Micheál Martin has dismissed Gerry Adams’ refusal to rule out Coalition with his party as nothing more than “posturing”.

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On four occasions yesterday, Mr Adams did not rule out striking a deal with Fianna Fáil, if both parties end up in a position to form a government after the General Election.

Recent opinion polls have suggested that Sinn Féin and Fianna Fáil will get a combined vote of over 40pc.

During a Sinn Féin media opportunity in Leinster House, Mr Adams was asked directly if he would consider going into government with Fianna Fáil.

"You know, the wonderful thing about the election is nobody really knows what's going to come out of it. So when we are clear what comes out of it, we'll talk with whoever we think is appropriate to talk to," he said.

Responding today Mr Martin said that he has be very clear that he will not do business with Gerry Adams after the election.

Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams
Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams

“Sinn Fein posturing ahead of elections is nothing new and should be dismissed as such.  The party's policy platform and its way of doing business are incompatible with Fianna Fáil. The Sinn Féin economic policy is anti-jobs and their taxation policy would hit working people,” he said.

Mr Martin accused Fine Gael of starting “this nonsense months ago to suit their own electoral agenda”.

“This government is working towards a two tier recovery and a two tier Ireland in which too many people are being left behind.  People want a new government to ensure a recovery for all,” he said.

“Fianna Fáil's position is clear, we are competing to lead the next government and we will campaign on the need for a fairer society and to bring the recovery to all regions of the country.”

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