Tuesday 23 January 2018

'The people can vote for single-party government'

Fine Gael has this deep in its soul, party leader and Taoiseach-in-waiting Enda Kenny tells Aengus Fanning

The message from the incoming Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, is that the decision rests with the people as to whether we have a single-party Fine Gael government, backed by some Independents, or a Fine Gael-Labour coalition. When I asked him last week which he'd prefer, Kenny left no doubt but that his clear ambition is to lead a single-party government.

"You wouldn't have any ambition as a leader if you didn't say that the ultimate thing is to have a mandate from the people to put your own party in government," he said, "but I wouldn't be presumptuous about what they might do.

"I can't look beyond February 25. The people have to make the decision, and whatever the decision they are going to make, the numbers are going to have to work out."

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