Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael now in 'long term alliance' - Senator Paul Gavan
Sinn Féin Senator Paul Gavan has said that recent comments from Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin confirm that Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael are planning a long term political alliance.
In a recent interview with the Irish Examiner Mr Martin confirmed that he would not exclude a coalition with Fine Gael after the next election.
Senator Gavan said;
"Micheál Martin's admission that he would not rule out a coalition with Fine Gael, allied to Taoiseach Leo Varadkar's recent favourable comments on the same possibility point to a long term alliance between the two conservative parties.
"This would only be an extension of current Fianna Fáil policy which is focussed on propping up Fine Gael in government in the hope that Taoiseach Varadkar will return the favour after the next election.
"Both parties belong to Right-Wing political blocs in the European Union, both parties embraced austerity and there isn't a scintilla of difference between either party in terms of policies.
"The key point for the electorate to be aware of is that a vote for Fianna Fáil is effectively a vote for Fine Gael. People are increasingly seeing through the gross hypocrisy of Fianna Fáil pretending to be in opposition, while backing Fine Gael to the hilt in carrying out some of the most regressive policies ever seen in this country.
"Sinn Féin believe that this country cannot afford a continuation of the same failed policies on Health, Housing, Justice, and needs a Government that will stand up for the North of Ireland. The choice for the electorate could not be clearer; between more of the same or a new alliance of the Progressive Left focused on building a real Republic"