Fine Gael pulls out of proposed Dublin City Council coalition
FINE Gael has officially pulled out of talks to form a ruling coalition in Dublin City Council.
The first meeting of the council takes place at 5pm this evening and Fine Gael councillor Ray McAdam confirmed the party’s decision to Independent.ie.
“We just could not get a commitment from the Independents, Sinn Fein and Labour that property tax and commercial rates would not be increased,” said Mr McAdam.
“The financial stability of the city was our number one priority,” he added.
While the party has pulled out of negotiations to form a ruling coalition it will still vote in favour of Christy Burke for Lord Mayor of the city.
“Tonight we will be supporting the candidacy of Cllr Christy Burke (Independent) for Lord Mayor. Christy has a long and proud tradition of representing Dubliners and will make an excellent Lord Mayor for our City,” stated Mr McAdam.
The councillor had spent the last two weeks negotiating on behalf of his group.
With Fine Gael now withdrawn from the ruling coalition it leaves a mix of Sinn Fein, Labour and Independent candidates to rule the council with 35 seats in total. Thirty-two seats are needed to form a majority.