Tuesday 17 October 2017

Sinn Féin would rule with fear, claims Varadkar

Leo Varadkar addresses members of the Institute of Directors in Dublin yesterday. Photo: Jason Clarke
Leo Varadkar addresses members of the Institute of Directors in Dublin yesterday. Photo: Jason Clarke

The next general election could bring an era of "political instability", Health Minister Leo Varadkar has said.

He has gone on the attack against Sinn Féin, who have been rising in the polls along with independents.

The minister said that Sinn Féin members "swear blind allegiance, and have made worship of the party line in their religion".

"There would be no independent thinking in a Sinn Féin-led government, and not even groupthink," Mr Varadkar (pictured inset) said. "There would just be one thought, one rule. And that would be the rule of fear. There is no party whip, just chains."

The Dublin West TD made the comments at a lunch for the Institute of Directors in Dublin's Intercontinental Hotel.

He also questioned Sinn Féin's ability to work with foreign nations, saying that their foreign policy would "alienate allies".

"I shudder to think about a Sinn Féin foreign policy that would alienate allies, terrify foreign investors, and close off the very markets we have done so much to open.

"Their rigid ideology is all well and good on the backbenches, where it can be dismissed, answered or ignored, but not on the world stage," he said.

He asked those present to consider that Sinn Féin were the "most likely" alternative party to lead a government and advised voters should consider stability instead.

He told the Irish Independent that too many independents could mean "that government would be held to ransom for either selfish or local concerns". Paul Healy

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