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Micheál Martin predicts a government will be formed within two weeks

Fianna Fáil leader describes discussions with Fine Gael and Green Party as ‘serious’

23/05/2020 12:00:00

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has said he expects a government to be formed with Fine Gael and the Green Party by the first week in June.

Fianna Fáil leader describes discussions with Fine Gael and Green Party as ‘serious’

as different people, but said they were “respectful and understanding of each other’s challenges”.He admitted being “very disappointed” by the election result when Fianna Fáil finished with the greatest number of seats (38) although there was an expectation that the party might get 50 seats, and they fell behind Sinn Féin in terms of first-preference gains.

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“We expected a greater number of seats. We wanted another three or four seats,” he said.“There is no such thing as a first-preference popular vote inIreland. We are a proportional electoral system.”Mr Martin said the surge in support for Fine Gael, showing the party at 35 per cent in some polls, was a “natural occurrence” given the exposure that Government Ministers have had since the Covid-19 crisis started.

Rural IrelandMr Martin said it was a “myth and an unfair assertion” that the Green Party was anti-rural Ireland. Many of its policies on biodiversity and putting together alternative income streams for beef farmers who are currently struggling could benefit rural Ireland, he suggested.

He singled out newly elected Fianna Fáil Cork South-West TD Christy O’Sullivan as one who was “as green as they come”.“The last time that theGreenswere in power with Fianna Fáil, a lot of good was done for rural Ireland and for farming,” he said.

Mr Martin said the results of February’s election showed that people wanted change. “The election taught us one thing. People were not happy with Irish society as it was. They couldn’t get a house, they couldn’t get access to a quality health service and a lot of young people are concerned about their environment,”he said.

He identified housing, a fairer health system and climate change as the critical issues facing the next Government.Mr Martin said he has been living in Dublin since the Covid-19 crisis started and has not seen his family since then. Read more: The Irish Times »

God save Ireland Alleliuah! Power hungry weasel wouldn't know he has enough ate until the light comes on in the trough. Jaysus still can't believe SF the largest party of first preference vote is not making up the Dail. Remember FF is only leading by 1 seat because the Ceann Comhairle was uncontested. Think next election many will remember the Greens in helping FFFG form an unwanted coalition.

This is not a taoiseach,this is a corrupt polotician gaelfail So is he saying the party members dont get a vote When is it possible for us to demand a new election , is it when the government forms Just in time for the next election. There has to be a quicker process to resolve hung parliaments. irishpolitics

Such optimism,when most FG and Greens are against entering government with FF...maybe,if forced by hierarchy of parties,disgruntled government will be formed. Future looks great! Seamus and Annie concluded their Internal-Audit and reported back directly to Sinn Fein/PIRA HQ in Belfast. The Internal-Audit found that at least 5,000 women and children had been raped by Sinn Fein/PIRA members.

🤮🤮🤮 Why is the media so quite about the fact that these cowboys are ignoring the will of the people? We didn't vote for this!! The blatant disregard for the electorate will be the final nail in the coffin for FFFG. They'll be wiped out next election. Not a moment too soon. Hope it keeps fine for him.. His last horray at any cost.

Irish democracy is a farce God help us

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The Floating Voter: Micheal Martin 'defined by his hatred' of Sinn Féin, a TD claimsFianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has become defined by his “hatred” of Sinn Féin, a senior member of the party has claimed. True that. It's his only personality trait. The man who is leading fiannafailparty down labours path Will be a small splinter grouping in few years Its more a case that he is afraid ofhaving to deal with MaryLou! He is spineless......

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Fears within FG another stint in government could further negatively impact on the party's supportForces within Fine Gael are actively trying to “pull down from within” the talks aimed at forming a new Government, it has been claimed. That's all that worries them , not the state of the country or its people. Could?

Fears within FG that another stint in government could further negatively impact on the party's supportForces within Fine Gael are actively trying to “pull down from within” the talks aimed at forming a new Government, it has been claimed. Are we talking another election so see false polls from redc. Oh Jaysus, not more government! We're not used to it, at all, at all! LeoVaradkar simoncoveney Let SF PBP SD etc take over. Everything will be free and we won't have 1 cent of austerity.