Time for the charade to end – Adams
Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD speaking at the launch of the party’s Assembly election campaign in Belfast called on Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil to “end the charade and come back to the Dáil next week with a clear decision on whether they will or will not form a government”.
Teachta Adams said:
“People are fed up and frustrated at the six weeks of play acting by the two conservative parties. Sinn Féin TDs are equally frustrated that the continued Dáil suspension prevents us representing our constituents in Leinster House.
"It was always clear from the election results that the only real option was for the two conservative parties to form a government.
“The policies of both parties are entirely compatible. The civil war excuse is bogus. In local councils across the state Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil are in coalition, mainly to keep Sinn Féin out off council positions.
“Every day there have been over 500 people on trolleys, the homeless crisis is getting worse and while Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil are wasting time play acting.
“It is obvious that what motivates in part their slowness to agree a deal is their concern that Sinn Féin – which has been the main party of opposition – would now become the ‘official opposition’.
“Whatever the outcome of the current negotiations, Sinn Féin will provide a constructive, vigorous and effective opposition to the policies of the conservative parties.
“It will be entirely reprehensible if Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil came back next week, having suspended the Dáil, and go through the same charade again. That would be unacceptable. They should either do a deal or they should admit that there won’t be one. Its time they were honest with people.”