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Fianna Fáil puts self preservation above the interests of the state - David Cullinane TD

18 August, 2018 - by David Cullinane TD

Sinn Féin TD David Cullinane has said a call from Fianna Fáil Deputy Leader Dara Calleary for his party to support one more budget from this government shows that that party has prioritised its own self preservation over the interests of the state.

Teachta Cullinane said Fine Gael has proved itself incapable of dealing with the health and housing crises and only an election and change of government can offer hope who are struggling as a result of these crises.

Responding to Dara Calleary’s interview in today’s Irish Times Teachta Cullinane said;

“Fianna Fáil’s Deputy Leader has today signalled the approach his party will take into the review of the supply and confidence agreement which underpins this Fine Gael government.

“It is clear that Fianna Fáil has put self preservation above the interests of the state.

“They know they do not have the numbers to win an election and enter government as a lead party and are therefore prepared to allow the current administration to govern until 2020.

“Meanwhile we have one million people on the hospital waiting list and the housing and homeless crisis spiralling out of control.

“Only an election and a change of government can offer any hope to those struggling under this government and the crisis in our public services but Fianna Fáil has abandoned these people because it is petrified of an election at this time.

“Dara Calleary says Fine Gael needs to be honest about its failings but Fianna Fáil need to take ownership of those failures.  They have kept Fine Gael in office.  Fianna Fáil are Fine Gael’s partners and they must accept their share of the blame for the government’s failings.

“Fianna Fáil now intends to keep Fine Gael in government until 2020 while continuing the pretence of being an opposition party.  That is not honest politics.”


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