Incompetent Taoiseach and shambolic government on borrowed time - Mary Lou McDonald TD
Sinn Féin Deputy Leader Mary Lou McDonald TD has said that Enda Kenny and his government are “on borrowed time”.
Deputy McDonald made the comments as the Fine Gael led minority government scraped through a vote of confidence in the Dáil last night with the effective support of Fianna Fáil.
“This Taoiseach and his shambolic government are clearly on borrowed time, and the clock is ticking.
“Enda Kenny and other senior cabinet Ministers, in their mishandling of the scandal caused by the campaign of character assassination waged against Garda Whistleblower Sgt McCabe, have proven themselves to be utterly incompetent.
“However, this incompetence is not a new development. The unprecedented and ever-worsening crises in housing, health and public transport is proof positive that this government is not fit for office.
“Thousands of citizens are in danger of falling into homelessness, patients are stacked on trolleys in our hospitals on a daily basis and cannot access vital treatment, and Bus Eireann is on the verge of collapse.
“Nurses and hospital support workers will strike on March 7th. Secondary School teachers are preparing to strike and rents are now at a record high right across the state.
“The delusion at the heart of government is highlighted by the fact that the Taoiseach and his Ministers continue to pay lip service to the threat posed to Ireland by a hard Brexit but have failed to produce a credible plan to meet the challenge.
“This government has lost its authority and only remains in power by way of favour from Fianna Fáil and Micheál Martin. Abstaining on vote of confidence in a government is not an expression of neutrality. It is an expression of support.
“The actions of Fianna Fáil’s forty-four TDs have kept this chaotic government in power. They have put their own narrow, electoral considerations ahead of the needs of the people.
“They have decided that homelessness, a two tier health service and growing inequality are tolerable because the timing for an election does not suit them.
“Never has their been such contempt expressed for the idea of giving the people their say, in an election, on the crucial matters impacting their lives. It has been breathtaking.
“Given the conflicting views expressed by the chairperson and the vice-chairperson of the Fine Gael Parliamentary Party on RTÉ radio this morning, it is clear thar Enda Kenny does not retain even the support of his own party. He certainly does not enjoy the confidence of the people.
“The sooner there is a general election the better. The chaos has to be brought to an end. This Taoiseach and his government has to go.