Thursday 19 July 2018

No election imminent as focus is on homelessness and health, says Martin

Agreement: Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin
Agreement: Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin
Michael Martin
Ralph Riegel

Ralph Riegel

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin moved to quell speculation about an imminent general election in the new year.

He insisted that his focus would again be on facilitating the 'confidence and supply' agreement with the minority Fine Gael Government.

Mr Martin warned that the priority for everyone in 2018 should be tackling the healthcare, Brexit, homelessness and housing issues facing Ireland.

"As far as I am concerned, we will facilitate the ongoing confidence and supply agreement," he said. "I think the focus now in 2018 will have to be on the delivery in relation to housing and homelessness because that is a terrible blight on our society.

"So much homelessness, so many children homeless, so many people homeless and children living in hotels. People can't get houses, either social houses or affordable houses, [which] makes this the crisis of this generation."

Mr Martin told the Irish Independent that his party's priority would be assisting Fine Gael in getting defined targets achieved in 2018.

"It needs a benchmark progress - and a progress we can identify with and that will be our focus in 2018," he said.

"[Plus] getting some shape on the health system - so that is where the focus is."

Irish Independent

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