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Sunday 26 January 2020

Bring down Government, Kenny urges

ine Kerr Political Correspondent

FINE Gael leader Enda Kenny last night urged the Greens to bring their "charade" alliance with Fianna Fail to an end and bring down the Government.

He claimed the Greens were now looking for an exit strategy in the aftermath of the Willie O'Dea debacle.

When politicians were appointed to Cabinet, they signed up to certain standards such as truth and integrity, he added.

"Fianna Fail don't recognise that (values) and the Greens are now probably looking for an exit strategy and the sooner this charade ends, the better," Mr Kenny said.

Fine Gael tabled the motion of no confidence in Mr O'Dea after twice raising the issue in the Seanad. That motion led to a comfortable win for the Government.

But in the immediate aftermath of the Greens voting in support of Mr O'Dea, Green Party senator Dan Boyle claimed he had "no confidence" in the minister. That prompted the Greens into a reversal of their earlier support.

"This Government cannot continue to stumble on here. The Greens are obviously looking for some form of an exit policy or strategy . . . this Cabinet is rife with dissent. This Cabinet is characterised by its failure to live up to the standards that people expect," he told Today FM's 'Last Word'.

"This Government is moving from one crisis to another. It is characterised by incompetence and lack of standards."

The Fine Gael leader said his party was "pretty much ready" for a General Election.

Meanwhile, Fine Gael's Charlie Flanagan claimed Justice Minister Dermot Ahern had been badly compromised by his chosen role as "cheerleader in chief" for Mr O'Dea.

"Dermot Ahern's conduct has shown that he is unsuitable to continue as Minister for Justice," he said.

"He saw nothing wrong with a colleague slandering a rival, and then swearing a false affidavit that perverted the course of justice," Mr Flanagan said.

Irish Independent

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