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Sinn Fein's coalition doubts

Published 04/12/2015 | 02:30

Pearse Doherty
Pearse Doherty

What Sinn Fein had to say on the possibility of coalition

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Pearse Doherty (Donegal South–West)

“The party has made it very clear. We are very different from other political parties. It will be the membership of the party who decide on these issues. It will not be me, it will not be Gerry Adams or me who will decide. The party has made it clear that we will not enter into coalition as a minority party to any Government. We want to lead the next election. We want our partners to have signed up to the right to change. It will be for the membership to decide. I have been on the record for quite some time. I would not like to see Sinn Féin in a coalition with Fine Gael or Fianna Fáil. I believe there is an opportunity for a left-wing led Government. Labour should take up their principles again. They left them at the door when they entered Government buildings four and a half years ago, they should return to where the grassroots want to be and they should embrace left-wing policies again.”

Gerry Adams (Louth)

 “Sinn Féin’s ambition is to lead an alternative government based on the Right2Change principles including the abolition of the property tax, water charges and Irish Water, and in coalition with those who have already signed up to those principles. “The only basis upon which we will enter government is if we have a mandate from citizens and if our Árd Fheis agrees on the terms.”

Jonathan O’Brien (Cork North Central)

“We will only sit down and negotiate a Programme for Government, as the largest party, with those who sign up to the ‘Right2Change’ principles. But I personally don’t see any prospect of a Sinn Féin/Fianna Fáil government. The chances are non-existent in my view.”

Dessie Ellis (Dublin North–West)

“This is an issue that will be decided by the Árd Fheis. But personally, I cannot see the membership buying into a coalition with Fianna Fáil. They are the party that oversaw the economic collapse. You could be signing your death knell as a party going in with them, there is the danger that would happen. But it doesn’t matter what I saw, what (Gerry) Adams says, this is an issue that would have to go to the Ard Fheis.”

Peadar Tóibín (Meath West)

“It is the people who will decide who goes into government. I know for sure that Sinn Féin won’t go in as the minor party in any government. We will only go in if our hands are on the steering wheel and we are in control of the direction of the Government. I would find it very hard to see how that [Fianna Fáil] would happen but I think that if you admit the immediacy of the crisis that people are experiencing it is very important that you make yourself available to fixing those crisis.”

Martin Ferris (Kerry North–West Limerick)

“Sinn Féin and others have been trying to build a left-leaning alliance. In an ideal situation we are aiming to lead the next government on that basis. I cannot see Fine Gael, Fianna Fáil, or Labour, under current leadership, being part of that set-up.”

David Cullinane (Seanad Éireann)

“We will only be part of government as the majority party and we will only coalesce with groups adhering to the principles articulated by the ‘Right2Change.’ Maybe Fianna Fáil can agree to abolish water charges and property tax – but I very much doubt it.”

Trevor Ó Clochartaigh (Seanad Éireann)

“I agree fully with policy adopted by the party Árd Fheis and our adherence to the Right2Change. Could Fianna Fáil agree to abolish water charges or property tax? That’s the question for them.”

Pádraig Mac Lochlainn (Donegal North–East)

“My position is the party position. If Sinn Féin is the largest party which is what we’re aiming for we’d have a progressive left programme for government. A coalition partner would have to sign up to the Right2Change polices like water charges and property tax. If those issues were addressed Fianna Fáil could be the junior partner.”

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