Fianna Fáil hypocrisy over government formation - Adams
Speaking in Belfast, where he is campaigning in the Assembly elections, Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD has accused the Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin of “a cynical attempt to exert control over a Fine Gael-led minority government and its direction, as well as having another foot in opposition”.
The Louth TD said:
“The Fianna Fáil leader last week rejected a partnership proposal from Enda Kenny on the basis that he was mandated to get rid of Fine Gael in government. Yet, this week he is negotiating a proposal that would see Fianna Fáil keep Fine Gael in power.
“In the event of Fianna Fáil support for a Fine Gael-led minority government, Sinn Féin is very clear that we will hold Fianna Fáil equally accountable for every government decision taken.”
Teachta Adams rejected as “spurious” claims that Sinn Féin is not interested in going into government or helping to create a stable Dáil.
“Sinn Féin wants to be in government, but the general election results mean that that is not possible at this time.
“Any claim that Sinn Féin is not serious about being part of efforts to establish a stable government are spurious. I have said many times that Sinn Fein is prepared to talk to any of the other parties. We believe in dialogue. It is Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil that have ruled out speaking to us.
“Unlike some of the independents who presented themselves during the election as being opposed to Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil and who are now seeking to prop up these parties and their policies, Sinn Féin is opposed to either of the conservative parties leading the next government.
“We do not believe a government led by either of the parties who comprise the Conservative Bloc would be in the best interest of citizens.”