Micheál Martin facilitating coalition through the back door - Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire TD
Sinn Féin TD for Cork South Central Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire has hit out at Micheál and Fianna Fáil for facilitating the election of Enda Kenny as Taoiseach, calling it "a coalition through the back door."
Deputy Ó Laoghaire said that Fianna Fáil's decision, to enable the election of another Fine Gael-led government, ensures that ordinary people and communities will once again be subjected to grossly unfair policies over the term of the administration.
He also stated said that deal struck by Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil is not an arrangement to serve the interests of the Irish people but rather an attempt by the establishment parties to control both sides of the house.
Deputy O'Laoghaire said;
"Michael Martin and Fianna Fáil have today delivered Enda Kenny as Taoiseach, despite the electorate overwhelming rejecting him and his Government."
"Despite their pleadings, it is clear Fianna Fáil are a party to this dreadful programme for Government. With their establishment partners in Fine Gael, they have cobbled together an agreement which will see no real change, and will see the crisis in Housing, and in Health continue."
"Furthermore, though it seems to have passed right over the head of Deputy Martin, people did not protest and march for the suspension of water charges. Their loud and clear demand was for the absolute and unequivocal scrapping of the charges and the abolition of Irish Water. This demanded has been buried by the deal struck between Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil.
"This is a Programme for Government that is about maintaining the failed status quo, and plans to be running just to stand still in Health and Housing."
"Fianna Fáíl have effectively engineered a coalition government through the back door. To my mind, it is a cowardly arrangement designed at hoodwinking the electorate by perpetuating the myth that there is a difference between Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael. It is all about propping up the status quo and maintaining a society dominated by ruthless, gloves-off capitalism.
"The only reason Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael did not form a government together isbecause they were petrified at surrendering the opposition benches to Sinn Féin. However, by agreeing to back a Fine Gael administration, they have forfeited their status as an opposition party. It is all a game to them.
"Fianna Fáil's general election slogan was 'An Ireland for All'. However, the deal that they have struck with Fine Gael guarantees the preservation of the exact opposite - an Ireland for the few. It will be more people sleeping in doorways, more families languishing on housing waiting lists, more patients lying on trolleys - more of the same, stale and failed politics."
"Micheál Martin and Fianna Fáil are responsible for this Programme for Government. They should hang their heads in shame this evening.
"For our part, Sinn Féin will continue to led the genuine opposition in the Dáil. We will hold this government to account in a robust and engaging manner. We will put forward progressive alternatives based on social solidarity and we will demand national policies built on fairness, social justice and economic sense."