Wednesday 26 October 2016

Fianna Fáil TD: 'Fine Gael should get its act together, stop the public rows on leadership, and focus on policies'

Geraldine Gittens

Published 12/07/2016 | 08:40

Enda Kenny. Picture: PA
Enda Kenny. Picture: PA

A Fianna Fáil TD has told the Fine Gael party to “get its act together” and stop the public row on the Enda Kenny leadership challenge.

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Thomas Byrne, Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Education and Skills, said this morning that “public rows are not good for stability” and the party should instead focus on policies that it has agreed with Fianna Fail.

Yesterday, Kerry TD Brendan Griffin went public to call for the Taoiseach to resign before the Budget - but his call was not echoed by a single TD.

While jobs minister Mary Mitchell O'Connor rounded on colleagues who have been briefing against him.

Mr Byrne told RTE’s Morning Ireland today that he believes the murmurings of a heave in Fine Gael is unhelpful.

“They need to get their act together. They need to ensure that they are actually providing stable Government because the reality is that all of these public discussions and public rows are not good for stability.”

“I would like to see them getting it over with as soon as possible.”

“I want to see them focusing on delivering the policies that they’ve agreed with us in the confidence of supply agreement. I want to see action.”

“The policies are far more important to us and stability is far more important to us. We spent a long time negotiating on this.”

He added: “I’m not following it on a minute by minute basis, but if they can get more of a focus on the policies that they’ve agreed with us then it’ll be certainly more satisfying.”

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