Friday 25 May 2018

Government have run a campaign of 'fear and smear' - Fianna Fail's Billy Kelleher

Fianna Fáil’s Billy Kelleher
Fianna Fáil’s Billy Kelleher
Niall O'Connor

Niall O'Connor

FIANNA Fáil’s Director of Elections Billy Kelleher has categorically ruled out entering a Coalition with Fine Gael, accusing the party of running a campaign based on “fear and smear”.

Mr Kelleher rejected suggestions that the two parties have be forced to coalesce in the national interests at Fianna Fáil’s final press conference before polling.

The Cork North Central TD also ridiculed a joint media event held today by Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Tanaiste Joan Burton.

“This is how desperate they actually are. When they are sharing a cup of tea down by the docks, things are really coming to an end for them,” Mre Kelleher said.

On the issue of doing business with Fine Gael, Mr Kelleher said such a scenario is not credible.

“They have been used fear and smear as their basic campaign tactic. They have changed their message, they have changed their policies, they have retreated from some of their major policies earlier on in terms of USC to a point where the Taoiseach on national television couldn’t say whether it is fair or not,” Mr Kelleher told reporters.

“At the risk of being repetitive, we are not going into government with Fine Gael.

“They thought they really only had to turn up to Croke Park, didn’t have to play on the pitch and that they could walk up the Hogan Stand and pick up the cup. But they forgot they actually had to play a match - that match was the General Election over the last three weeks.”

He also ruled out doing business with Sinn Fein.

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