Saturday 23 September 2017

Choice is between those who want to go back and those who look to future

Stephen Donnelly calculates that his new party will lead the next Government, but he hasn't taken account of Ireland's improving position, writes Leo Varadkar

Stephen Donnelly TD (left) and Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin at a press conference to announce that Donnelly was joining the party
Stephen Donnelly TD (left) and Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin at a press conference to announce that Donnelly was joining the party

Leo Varadkar

Stephen Donnelly is an intelligent and articulate politician. He clearly wants to be in government to get things done. Were it not for the 'partnership that didn't work' with the Social Democrats, he might be in Government already.

So, his decision to join Fianna Fail is all the more significant, as he calculates his new party will lead the next Government in the not-too-distant future.

Fine Gael, if we continue to govern competently, will lead the next Government. The 2011 election was not our high-water mark. We have it in our power to articulate an inspiring vision for the future that will appeal to young and old and we will do so.

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