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Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil want to control both government and opposition - David Cullinane TD

7 March, 2016 - by David Cullinane TD

Sinn Féin TD David Cullinane has said Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil cannot decide both who is in government and who is in opposition.

Speaking in Dublin this afternoon Deputy Cullinane said dealing with the health and housing crisis cannot be made to wait while these parties try to figure out how to control both sides of the Dáil.

He said;

“Brian Hayes said yesterday that leaving Sinn Féin in opposition is not in the best long term interests of the country.

“Here we have a member of the largest party in the Dáil, a party that will nominate its leader for Taoiseach again this week, that wants to not only control the government but also the opposition.

“This is the main reason why both Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael are worried about going into government together.

“For the first time in the history of the state we have two parties with the same political outlook and policies, with the numbers to do a deal, but who are both so worried about who will be left in opposition that they are hesitating to go into government together.

“Micheál Martin actually said last week that the formation of government could take at least two months.

“Meanwhile those who are currently homeless and those who are on hospital trolleys will simply have to wait while these parties try to figure out how to control both sides of the Dáil.  That is completely unacceptable.

“The Dáil must continue to sit once a week from this week on to allow for ministers questions on these important issues while the business of forming a government continues.”


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