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A nightmare government of Fine Gael, Fianna Fáil and Labour will not deliver change - Cullinane

16 April, 2016 - by David Cullinane TD

Responding to reports that Labour is actively considering entering government with Fine Gael with the support of Fianna Fáil, Waterford T.D. David Cullinane said this nightmare government scenario will be bad for public services, bad for workers and bad for politics. 

Speaking today Deputy Cullinane said:

"The outgoing Fine Gael/Labour government was roundly rejected by the Irish people. Both parties supervised unprecedented inequality in Irish society and created a catastrophe in the areas of housing and health care. 

"Both parties introduced water charges and the much discredited Irish Water. 

"They are now being facilitated back into office by Fianna Fáil who wrecked the economy and paved the way for water charges by signing the memorandum of association with the Troika. 

"For our part Sinn Fein wants real change. We want water charges and Irish water scrapped. We want increased investment in public services and ambitious plans to end the two-tier health service and the housing emergency. 

"It makes sense that parties of a like mind coalesce. In a desperate attempt to swim against the tide of history, however, Fianna Fáil refused an historic offer from Fine Gael to form a full and equal partnership government. 

"They did so for party political reasons and that, of course, is their right. 

"They want to have one foot in opposition to temper the growth of Sinn Féin while having an influence in government policy by working with Fine Gael and potentially Labour.

"Mícheál Martin and Enda Kenny continue to peddle a line that Sinn Féin is not interested in government. They accuse us of sitting on the fence while simultaneously ruling us out.

"Both leaders have steadfastly refused to talk to Sinn Féin. They cannot have it both ways.

"It is quite ironic and hypocritical of parties to refuse to engage in dialogue with Sinn Fein on serious issues and yet facilitate a return to power of a discredited and rejected Labour Party.

"For our part, Sinn Féin will continue to work with those inside and outside Leinster House interested in real change." 

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