Sinn Féin would rule with fear, claims Varadkar
The next general election could bring an era of "political instability", Health Minister Leo Varadkar has said.
He has gone on the attack against Sinn Féin, who have been rising in the polls along with independents.
The minister said that Sinn Féin members "swear blind allegiance, and have made worship of the party line in their religion".
"There would be no independent thinking in a Sinn Féin-led government, and not even groupthink," Mr Varadkar (pictured inset) said. "There would just be one thought, one rule. And that would be the rule of fear. There is no party whip, just chains."
The Dublin West TD made the comments at a lunch for the Institute of Directors in Dublin's Intercontinental Hotel.
He also questioned Sinn Féin's ability to work with foreign nations, saying that their foreign policy would "alienate allies".
"I shudder to think about a Sinn Féin foreign policy that would alienate allies, terrify foreign investors, and close off the very markets we have done so much to open.
"Their rigid ideology is all well and good on the backbenches, where it can be dismissed, answered or ignored, but not on the world stage," he said.
He asked those present to consider that Sinn Féin were the "most likely" alternative party to lead a government and advised voters should consider stability instead.
He told the Irish Independent that too many independents could mean "that government would be held to ransom for either selfish or local concerns". Paul Healy
John Drennan's Guide to Politics - Spring 2015
The next election will change your life. In a special supplement with the Sunday Independent, John Drennan presents his guide to Irish politics.
Guide To Politics
- And they're off: the great election race begins but, as to where it ends, sadly nobody knows
- The key issues - Remember tax reform is not illegal, Enda
- It's like a talent show - you have to make the audience want you
- Could our interrupted revolution lie in the humanising of our politicians?
- 'It's awful losing your seat, it's a very public humiliation...'
- Too early to rule out FG/SF Coalition
- Shadowy back room boys and girls with the ear of ministers
- Enda and Joan's shaky house of cabinet cards
- Despite Enda's stated preference Easter 2016 not yet definite
- As they hatch their plans, what might be the hopes and ambitions of our party schemers?
- Battle of the leaders to be key deciding factor in election race
- Spectral scenarios or sweet dreams
- When the fuss is over who will be the winner?
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