Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil should merge - Gerry Adams TD
Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD commenting on reports that the Fianna Fáil Ard Fheis is to debate a motion ruling out a future coalition with Sinn Féin said:
“This motion is evidence of the Fianna Fáil leaderships obsession with the electoral challenge posed by Sinn Féin.
“This is not about what might be good for the State or for citizens, or the people of the island of Ireland, but what will best serve the narrow self-interests of the Fianna Fáil party leadership that has always placed itself first and the people second.
“Budget 2018 exposed the nonsense of Fianna Fáil as an opposition party. The reality is that Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil are natural bed fellows with similar policies.
“The first item on Fianna Fáil’s Ard Fheis agenda should be how these two conservative parties can set aside issues of ego and history, and amalgamate. Such an amalgamation would be an entirely logical development.
“Fianna Fáil has now elected two Fine Gael Taoisigh. The two parties have jointly produced two do-little budgets together.
“Both parties are driving the normalisation of the crises in health and housing while introducing tax cuts which disproportionately benefit the better off in society. They are completely on the same page on the key issues.
“The concentration of attacks on Sinn Féin by the main spokespersons of both parties is about preserving the political status quo and trying to stifle alternatives.
“A Fine Gael/Fianna Fáil merger would be healthy for politics in this State. It would bring an end to what is clearly a sham and a draw clear ideological line in the sand.
“In reality, Micheál Martin and Leo Varadkar should be at the same Ard Fheis, speaking from the same platform.”