Sunday 17 December 2017

Government denies 'buying' Independents' support with 'constituency goodies'

Mary Lou McDonald Photo: Tom Burke
Mary Lou McDonald Photo: Tom Burke
John Downing

John Downing

The Government has brushed aside claims by Sinn Féin’s Mary Lou McDonald that they bought Independent TDs’ continued support with local constituency favours.

The Sinn Féin deputy leader said it was clear that, in the wake of the past week’s controversy over garda whistleblowers, it suited Fianna Fáil for now to continue keeping "a weak government" in power.

“But can you tell us what ‘constituency goodies’ if any that you gave the Independent TDs to continue their support?” she asked in the Dáil.

Replying for the Government, Education Minister Richard Bruton insisted that there were no additional incentives given the Independents.

He said Government was based on an agreed programme which has worked to spread the renewed economic growth more fairly among people.

“Your party has spent its time relentlessly trying to stand in the way of the programme this Government has made,” Mr Bruton said.

Ms McDonald said she could not understand how the Dáil could vote confidence in Taoiseach Enda Kenny when Fine Gael TDs and Senators did not have confidence.

“If Fine Gael hasn't confidence, how can the Dáil? When's Enda stepping aside?” she asked.

Mr Bruton repeated that the Government was continued to implement its work programme.

“This Government is focused on improving people's lives,” the Education Minister insisted.

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