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Enda Kenny and Micheál Martin need to come to terms with the new political reality - Kenny

4 April, 2016 - by Martin Kenny TD


Sinn Féin TD Martin Kenny has said that Enda Kenny and Micheál Martin both need to realise that neither can govern without the consent and collaboration of the other.

Deputy Kenny said the delay in the formation of a government is down to both Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil failing to come to terms with the new political reality that for the first time in the history of the state both parties no longer have the numbers to control both government and opposition between them.

Speaking from Leinster House today he said;

“Micheál Martin’s refusal to talk to Enda Kenny before this week’s nominations for Taoiseach shows that they are not serious about sorting this issue and are still jockeying for position.  Does Micheál Martin realistically believe that he can be elected Taoiseach this week?

“Similarly, Leo Varadkar’s tweet last night shows that they are just going through the motions and not dealing with this situation with any urgency or seriousness.

“They have an eye on the next election rather than the formation of a government that will deal with the issues facing the people.

“Both Enda Kenny and Micheál Martin need to realise that neither of them can govern without the consent and collaboration of the other.

“The delay in the formation of a new government is down to both Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil failing to come to terms with the new political reality that for the first time in the history of the state both parties no longer have the numbers to control both government and opposition between them.

“There has been a seismic shift in Irish politics and these parties need to get their heads around that reality.

“While they take their time the current crises in our health and housing sectors continues with no political accountability in place.”

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