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Fianna Fáil don’t want Sinn Féin to lead opposition – O’ Reilly

8 April, 2016 - by Louise O'Reilly TD


Sinn Féin TD for Fingal, Louise O’ Reilly TD has outlined the real reason Fianna Fáil are refusing to go into partnership with Fine Gael – they don’t want Sinn Féin to be the biggest party in opposition.

Speaking this morning, Deputy O’ Reilly said:

“Fianna Fáil’s position is not credible. They are now saying that they will not go into partnership with Fine Gael. However they are happy to prop up a Fine Gael minority government.

“This strikes me as being a very cynical manoeuvre. Fianna Fáil would rather be beholden to a Fine Gael government and give up potential power sharing, rather than allow Sinn Féin to become the largest party in opposition.  

“They are ideologically and politically aligned. Their policies are practically indistinguishable. The excuse of Civil War politics doesn’t cut it and this has been evident for years in the manner in which Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil come together to keep Sinn Féin out of council positions.    

“We are calling on Fianna Fáil to abandon their play acting, accept their similarities with Fine Gael and either go into government and allow us to do the job we were elected to do, or admit that a deal cannot be done and allow us to move on from there.“

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