Tuesday 16 January 2018

My political destiny is not propping up a Fine Gael-led government

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Difficult: Clare TD Michael McNamara. Photo: Tom Burke
Difficult: Clare TD Michael McNamara. Photo: Tom Burke

Michael McNamara

As this Coalition approaches the end of its term, speculation as to a voting pact between Fine Gael and Labour is inevitable.

Though I will continue to stand over the achievements of this Government, I do not think a joint platform with them would be advisable or even possible. Unlike some in the Labour Party, I do not see it as my political destiny to either prop up Fine Gael-led governments or languish in opposition. I do not accept this role traditionally assigned to the Labour Party.

If I wanted to spend my political life supporting Fine Gael-led governments, I would have joined Fine Gael and sought a mandate on that basis. Instead, I joined Labour and put myself before the people of Clare on a platform of social democratic policies. The implementation of those polices has been key to maintaining a level of decency in our society through the most trying period in this State's economic history.

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