Saturday 20 January 2018

Taoiseach: Fine Gael will not go into coalition with Fianna Fail or Sinn Fein

Taoiseach Enda Kenny. Photo: Tom Burke
Taoiseach Enda Kenny. Photo: Tom Burke

The Taoiseach has categorically ruled out coalition with Fianna Fail or Sinn Fein after the next election.

In his strongest rebuke yet to the idea of going into power with Fianna Fail, Enda Kenny said he could see no circumstances where the party “should be given the opportunity to get back into the driving seat of government”.

“I do not want to see this country handed back to those that wrecked it,” he told RTE’s This Week.

Speaking about the Sinn Féin, he said they were nothing more than “a protest party” that it did not want to be in government.

Mr Kenny gave some consideration to the idea of Fine Gael/Labour/Independents after the next election, adding that he had heard a number of “constructive suggestions” from independents.

Still, he said that Fine Gael would be putting up a “strong fight” in the next election, and that voters would see that the current coalition was the only parties with “a clarified agenda” to govern the country for the next three to five years.

Elsewhere, Mr Kenny said that the Government would not consider selling its 25pc stake in Aer Lingus unless IAG could offer “a cast iron guarantee” on protecting current staff and connectivity to Dublin, Cork and Shannon.

He also confirmed that more tax cuts were on the way before spring 2016.

He said the government want to particularly focus on easing the tax burden for those between €30,000 and €70,000.

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