March 15, 2016
Today we ruled out participation in a minority Government led by either Fine Gael or Fianna Fáil.
We’ve come to the conclusion that the current exercise of both Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael talking to smaller parties and Independents is only shadowboxing, postponing the inevitable.
Catherine Murphy said
“It is clear there is no possibility of either a majority or a minority Government without some agreement between Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael and we would actively encourage the two parties to accept that reality. Any discussions regarding policies are meaningless until Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael have made a decision about whether or not they can work together in some form of arrangement.”
At the same time, we’re still happy about the establishment of the all-party committee on political reform which is due to meet soon and bring proposals to the Dáil in the coming weeks.
This offers the potential for a high level of cooperation among all members of the Dáil and we’ll be pushing for a similar collaborative approach to tackling the big challenges facing the country.
These are the challenges in areas like housing, health and child poverty.
The current situation is presenting us with a uinque opportinity for a collaborative approach which can facilitate more constructive engagement by all sides in the32nd Dáil.