Sunday 26 February 2017

Fianna Fail 'would do a deal with the devil' to get back into power - Minister

Fine Gael leader announces he will only serve one more term in office

Niall O'Connor and Philip Ryan

Mr Donohoe said Mr Kenny will put all his energy into securing the country’s economic recover if re-elected to the Government.
Mr Donohoe said Mr Kenny will put all his energy into securing the country’s economic recover if re-elected to the Government.

A LABOUR minister has claimed Fianna Fáil would “do business with the devil himself” in order to be returned to Government.

Business and Employment Minister Ged Nash was responding to Fianna Fáil finance spokesperson Michael McGrath who said the party should not be afraid to enter Government as a junior coalition partner.

Mr Nash said a coalition option of either Fine Gael/Fianna Fáil or Fianna Fail/Sinn Féin would prove ”disastrous” for the economy.

“Well I think Fianna Fáil would probably do business with the devil himself to get back into government,” the Louth TD said.

“Clearly Michael McGrath was angling for an arrangement with Fine Gael. They are some in the Fianna Fáil party who want to go into Government with Sinn Féin. I think that either of those arrangements would be disastrous for the Irish economy and the Irish people.

He said the Labour Party ensured the introduction of legislative for collective bargaining, workers’ rights and the minimum wage.

The only way to prevent Sinn Fein and Fianna Fail going into Government is voting for the Labour Party.”

Earlier, Transport Minister Paschal Donohoe insisted Enda Kenny is not a “lame duck” Taoiseach after the Fine Gael leader announced he will only serve one more term in office.

Mr Kenny last weekend revealed he would not lead Fine Gael into a third general election should he be elected as Taoiseach again.

He was speaking following comments from Government Chief Whip Paul Kehoe who suggested Mr Kenny would lead the party beyond 2020.

Speaking at the Launch of a new fleet of Dublin Buses, Mr Donohoe said Mr Kenny will put all his energy into securing the country’s economic recover if re-elected to the Government.

“The Taoiseach and Fine Gael will be outlining how we want to continue our work if we were to be returned to office after the next election, and I think the Taoiseach will show that he has the energy and drive he has to make (and) that happen makes him anything but a lame duck Taoiseach,” he said.

Mr Donohoe also called on Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin to state “clearly” who his party is willing to go into Government with after the next election.

“Micheál Martin has said he doesn’t want to go into government with Sinn Féin (and) he doesn’t’ want to go into government with Fine Gael,” he said.

“Prominent backbenchers in his own party are disagreeing with him on both counts and as a leader of that party he has a duty now to come and spell out very clearly to the Irish if they do vote for Fianna Fail what else are they going to get in return for that vote,” he added.

The minister also said a joint election manifesto with the Labour Party was neither “feasible” nor “appropriate”.

However, he said a vote transfer pact between the parties would be beneficial to both Coalition partners.

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