Sinn Féin TD for Wicklow/East Carlow John Brady has accused Fianna Fail of “Trying to ride two horses.”
Teachta Brady said “The decision by Fianna Fáil to reject the Fine Gael offer of coalition had nothing to do with ideological or policy differences between the two. Fianna Fáil’s claim that it still wants to lead a minority government is ludicrous. Fianna Fáil wants to dictate the shape of the next government, retain the ability to pull it down at a time of its choosing and oppose Sinn Féin’s becoming the official opposition. They want to effectively try ride two horses at once, they want to control both the government and the opposition, and that can’t and won’t happen.”
“Citizens are not fooled by Mícheál Martin’s cynical posturing and there is a deepening and understandable public disillusionment with the ongoing charade which has now descended into a farce. If Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil are unwilling to face up to their political responsibilities then both should come to the Dáil next Thursday admit they can’t reach agreement and clear the way for an election.
“Meanwhile the severe crises in health and housing are escalating, industrial disputes are increasing and other serious problems faced by families before the election remain unresolved. Not a day goes by that constituents aren’t contacting me on these and many other important issues; we have a caretaker government, with caretaker Ministers, who in reality don’t care as there is no political responsibility.”
Brady concluded “Only Sinn Féin brought forward constructive motions at the last two sittings of the Dáil to tackle some of these issues. Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael had no difficulty acting together to block these motions. They have no difficulty in working together on Wicklow County Council and many other councils and to exclude Sinn Féin and control power. They need to stop the farce, stop the posturing, or clear the way for another election.”