Friday 20 September 2019

Martin urged not to renew ties with FG

Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin (Brian Lawless/PA)
Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin (Brian Lawless/PA)

Micheál Martin has been challenged to sever ties with Fine Gael after the Budget and not renew the confidence and supply agreement that is propping up the Government.

The Fianna Fáil leader has shot down public calls from Leo Varadkar to begin discussions on renewing the agreement ahead of the Budget.

But outspoken Kilkenny TD John McGuinness took to the airwaves to vent his frustration at the agreement which he said is not serving people, saying people want to see Fianna Fáil showing some "backbone" and challenging the Government on areas where it is failing.

"If the confidence and supply agreement hasn't worked - and it hasn't worked for our people, the people have had enough of this Government - and therefore what's required to be done is either fix it now or call a general election but stop the dancing around on this issue," he said.

The TD also hit out at the Budget negotiations between the two parties just five weeks before Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe will deliver it.

"In my opinion it [the agreement] has not served the country well. It has given us stability, and the Fianna Fáil party has played it's role in that, but in the context of dealing with the issues, the issues are the same today as they were when this Government started, if anything the problems for the people in this country have got worse.

"Therefore if it's a question of continuing with the status quo or not, well then I'm not in favour of that," he told RTÉ's 'Today with Sean O'Rourke'.

Irish Independent

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