Confidence and supply has led to uncertainty, instability and crisis - McDonald
Sinn Féin president Mary Lou McDonald has described the confidence and supply arrangement as a "political con job" which has led to uncertainty, instability and a deepening crisis.
Speaking today McDonald said:
“We are at a defining point in our history as we face into the challenge of Brexit, attacks on the Good Friday Agreement and the housing and healthcare crises.
"The country needs clarity, workable solutions and stability. The confidence and supply agreement between Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael has led to uncertainty, instability and a deepening crisis.
"It has been a political con-job designed to allow Fianna Fáil to pretend to be in opposition, while Fine Gael operates in government without sanction.
"This has been bad for politics, bad for government and bad for citizens.
"Both parties have rejected the necessary steps to protect renters, to support home owners and house the homeless. Both have failed to address the deepening healthcare crisis and lengthening waiting lists.
"We need immediate clarity on the way forward.
"Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael have a decision to make; to formalize their position as coalition partners in government or to go to the people.
"The current confidence and supply fudge has run its course. Families, workers and business cannot wait on the current game playing by the leader of Fianna Fáil and an Taoiseach.
"We cannot face into another winter with our sick left on hospital trolleys. Our society and economy need immediate clarity on the way forward.”