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Fine Gael claim should be backed by early election – Cullinane

5 August, 2015 - by David Cullinane TD


Sinn Féin Senator David Cullinane has derided Fine Gael’s arrogance to presume that Enda Kenny will be Taoiseach in 2021, saying that while the Fine Gael membership elect the party leader, it is the people of Ireland who choose the Taoiseach.

Senator Cullinane said that if Fine Gael were so self-assured then they should call an early election and see if the people shared their belief.

Senator Cullinane said:

“The arrogance of Fine Gael knows no limits; to presume that Enda Kenny will be Taoiseach in 2021 betrays this. While the Fine Gael membership elect their party leader, it will be the people of Ireland who choose the Taoiseach. However, the slump in support for the senior government party and personal support for the Enda Kenny does not augur well.

“If Fine Gael is so confident in their presumption, then they should go to the country. While they may be inured to the hardship of the draconian austerity they have imposed on this country, the electorate is not. Will they stand by their conviction that they did the right thing by Ireland, or will they cling to power for as long as they can for fear of what the response might be?” 

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