Tuesday 22 May 2018

TD hails Sinn Féin deal ruling

Fianna Fáil TD Barry Cowen. Photo: Tom Burke
Fianna Fáil TD Barry Cowen. Photo: Tom Burke
Niall O'Connor

Niall O'Connor

A senior Fianna Fáil TD has said a motion passed by the party's Ard Fheis - which rules out a future coalition with Sinn Féin - should now silence the "troublemakers" within the parliamentary party.

Fianna Fáil housing spokesman Barry Cowen described as "unhelpful" remarks made by some TDs that have been favourable towards the prospect of a Fianna Fáil/Sinn Féin coalition.

"A coalition or any other agreement with Sinn Féin is a non-runner in every shape or form," the Offaly TD told the Irish Independent. "This shows the party is firmly behind the position expressed by the leader. It has closed firmly the notion of any deal, as well as the troublemakers within the parliamentary party."

TDs such as Carlow Kilkenny's John McGuinness, Cork South West's Margaret Murphy O'Mahony, Kerry's John Brassil, Roscommon's Eugene Murphy, Dublin Bay South's Jim O'Callaghan and Galway East's Anne Rabbitte had said a deal should not be ruled out.

Irish Independent

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