Onus on FF and FG to form a government – Adams
Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD speaking in the Dáil today on the nomination for Taoiseach criticised Enda Kenny and Micheál Martin for taking “so long to face up to the fact that neither can be elected Taoiseach today without the co-operation of the other. It is also a matter of grave concern that the business of the Dáil has been effectively suspended for 40 days.”
Teachta Adams dismissed today’s vote as “a waste of time and a continuation of the shambles of recent weeks. Sinn Féin will play no part in such a charade. Teachta Kenny cannot be elected Taoiseach today, neither can Teachta Martin, or Teachta Coppinger and neither could I.”
Sinn Féin today put forward a motion to appoint an Oireachtas Committee similar to the Dáil Reform Committee, to urgently discuss the issue of homelessness. This was refused and when Teachta Adams called on the Taoiseach to bring forward such a proposal Mr. Kenny remained silent.
Gerry Adams said:
“Today, there are 525 citizens languishing on hospital trolleys, and we’ve heard the reports of ambulances queuing at Sligo general hospital. Tomorrow, it could be Our Lady of Lourdes in Drogheda, or the emergency departments in Cork or Galway or Beaumont. The worsening health crisis is a serious matter that must be urgently addressed.
“These are the issues the Dáil should be dealing with, instead of wasting time on a pointless vote.”
Commenting on the formation of the next government, Teachta Adams said:
“It is clear that Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil between them can form a government. There is a similarity in policy between them which should encourage both to do so.
“It is nonsense to suggest that Civil War politics is a barrier to these parties reaching any sort of agreement. The Civil War is quickly set aside in local councils, where these two parties divvy up positions between themselves to keep Sinn Féin out.
“That’s what they are trying to do here, but they need to accept that they can no longer, as has been the position since the foundation of the State, control both the government and the opposition.
“Nor is there any talk now about ‘keeping the recovery going’ or ‘stability versus chaos’. No talk now of the emergency being over. In recent days, Fine Gael has admitted that the figures they used during the election campaign were wrong, and in effect they cooked the books. It was all a scam.
“And here we are, 40 days on from the general election and the Dáil has sat twice, and we as legislators are not being allowed to get on with our jobs. The blame for this lies squarely at the feet of the Taoiseach and Mr. Martin and their refusal or inability to accept the new political dispensation.
“For our part, Sinn Féin will seek to provide progressive opposition to the conservative majority that exists, and I am firmly of the view that those who share this ambition must work together.”