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Micheál Martin unconvincing on prospect of Fianna Fáil support for Fine Gael - Cllr Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire

11 February, 2016 - by Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire TD

Sinn Féin General Election candidate Cllr Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire has said that a lot of voters will be unsettled by Micheál Martin's unconvincing response when asked about the possibility of an alliance between his party and Fine Gael after the election.

Cllr O'Laoghaire called on Deputy Martin to give people a straight answer on his position regarding the possibility of Fianna Fáil entering coalition with Fine Gael or possibly supporting a Fine Gael government from the opposition benches.

Councillor O'Laoghaire said;

"I think a lot of voters in Cork, and throughout the state, will be unsettled by Deputy Martin's softening position around possible Fianna Fáil support for another Fine Gael government.

"He started out adamantly stating that he would not consider supporting a Fine Gael government. Now, when the question is put to him, he is hiding behind evasive phrases like 'behaving responsibly and 'acting in the national interest.'

"It is becoming increasingly clear that a vote for Fianna Fáil will be a vote to prop-up another Fine Gael government.

"Such a prospect would spell disaster for ordinary people as it effectively amounts to Fianna Fáil endorsing another five years of chaos in our hospitals, a housing crisis and big tax breaks for high earners instead of investment in our critical public services.

"Fianna Fáil would be saying to people that they support the preservation of unfair water charges and the regressive local property tax.

"Fianna Fáil appear to have no vision of their own, and Micheál Martin seems intent on making his party politically irrelevant to ordinary people.

"Michael Martin's ambiguity around this issue demonstrates why Fianna Fáil cannot be trusted to act in the interests of ordinary people who have suffered so much under Fine Gael.

"Sinn Féin is the only party offering a real alternative, based on investment in our communities and services, relief for low and middle income earners, and a jobs investment plan that will create a fair recovery, for the many and not the few.

"Ordinary people cannot afford another five years of Fine Gael. It would be unforgivable for Fianna Fáil to volunteer to prop-up a second Fine Gael term.

"I am calling on Micheál Martin to give the people of Cork and Ireland very straight answers. Will he, for once and for all, rule out coalition with Fine Gael and the prospect of his party supporting a Fine Gael government from the opposition benches?

"The people deserve to know what exactly they are choosing if they decide to vote Fianna Fáil. As it stands, it increasingly looks like choosing Fianna Fáil will be a vote for a Fine Gael led Government."

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