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Mary O'Rourke at her home in Athlone, Co Westmeath. Photograph: James Flynn/APX

Mary O'Rourke at her home in Athlone, Co Westmeath. Photograph: James Flynn/APX

Mary O'Rourke at her home in Athlone, Co Westmeath. Photograph: James Flynn/APX

FORMER Fianna Fail deputy leader Mary O’Rourke says it is time for her party and Fine Gael to seriously consider going into Coalition with each other.

Ms O’Rourke this morning told the William Carlton Summer School in Clogher, Co Tyrone, “that Fianna Fail and Fine Gael would bridge the political divide between them and give serious thought to coming together in a political coalition come the next general election”.

Ms O’Rourke was a Cabinet minister in numerous government departments. Her family, the Lenihans, are steeped in Fianna Fail.

Her father Patrick, brother, and nephews were all Fianna Fail TDs, with her brother Brian Tanaiste and his son Brian junior the former Minister for Finance.

Another son, Conor, was a junior minister.

However, Patrick Lenihan ran as a de-facto Fine Gael candidate before running as a Fianna Fail candidate.

Brian Lenihan junior addressed gave the annual Michael Collins commemoration in Beal na mBlath in 2010.

“Here we are now in 2013 and here I am too, somebody who was in successive General Elections elected on behalf of the Fianna Fáil Party and proudly representing my constituency of Longford/Westmeath,” Ms O’Rourke said.

And yet and yet surely it is not too fanciful for me to put forward today as the theme of this summer school that it is time that Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael would bridge the political divide between them and give serious thought to coming together in a political coalition come the next general election.”

Ms O'Rourke also said she had sent an advance copy of her speech to Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin.

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