However, he said Sinn Féin does not have a coalition preference for one or the other - because the policy platform of both parties did not represent the change voters wanted.Speaking on RTÉ's Morning Ireland, Mr Ó Broin said Sinn Féin is still open to talking to all parties while noting the "huge policy differences between Sinn Féin and Fianna Fáil".
It is understood Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin rang Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald yesterday afternoon after the Fianna Fáil parliamentary meeting and left a message saying they could talk, or meet, but not about a coalition.
Mr Ó Broin is a member of Sinn Féin's negotiating team, which is attempting to put the party into government. He said while Sinn Féin’s preference was a left-wing coalition with the Social Democrats or the Green party the numbers are not there and that became clear on Tuesday after the General Election results. headtopics.com
"On Tuesday morning the broad progressive left had 66 TDs and that is not enough for government," he said. "What we have been saying since then is we want a government led by progressive left policies."Mr Ó Broin said now the only responsible thing to do is to sit down and talk and resolve issues with the other parties and "try to deliver government of real change".
He said Sinn Féin is interested in speaking to all parties, including Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil. He questioned Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin's comments on who he would and would not form a government with. "He (Micheál Martin) has said various things and there has not been clarity. Yesterday he suggested he is going to put Leo Varadkar back into office.
"If last week he wasn't going talk to Fine Gael and now he is then he clearly changes his mind."Mr Ó Broin said while it is early days in the talks, he does not think the public will tolerate it dragging on for weeks.Policy issues 'too incompatible'
Fianna Fáil's Dara Calleary said the party is very clear and united that it will not be entering government with Sinn Féin as policy issues are "too incompatible."He said it was a very "unified" Fianna Fáil parliamentary meeting yesterday and they are united in not entering government with Siin Féin. headtopics.com
He said there are very significant differences, including issues with how the party is run and that there are "too many bridges" between the two parties. "Economically, they want to take money out of local government services. They want to put serious taxes on people who create jobs," he said.
He said Fianna Fáil has a responsibility to their members to deliver on their policy priorities. He said it is going to be an incredibly difficult process in forming a government and will require compromise and they will seek solutions to be delivered by a new government.
He said Fine Gael is the only party that have not met and that clarification will come. Fine Gael's Heather Humphreys said there is no point in the party talking to Sinn Féin as they are "miles apart" when it comes to policies.
She said the election was not a good one for Fine Gael and it is up to those who won the election to form a government. "Fianna Fáil won the most seats and Sinn Féin won the popular vote," she said.She would not be drawn on a possible Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil coalition, saying she does not have a mandate to be make those decisions. headtopics.com
Yesterday, Mr Martin said his party would not go into government with Sinn Féin due to "irreconcilable differences" with Sinn Féin's economic policies.Mr Martin said Fianna Fáil wanted to agree a programme for government with other parties which would "urgently deal with housing, health, climate change, and regional imbalances."
To achieve that objective, he said his party will meet the Green Party, Labour, Social Democrats and, next week, would contact Fine Gael.Sinn Féin characterised his approach as totally untenable given the election showed the party represents over a half a million people.
Sinn Féin said Mr Martin should know that people want change, but the reality is that he has learned nothing from the election.Meanwhile speaking to RTÉ's Adhmhaidin Fianna Fáil’s Éamon Ó Cuív said that he was completely against going into coalition with Fine Gael and the Green Party and that a meeting had been arranged for next week for the Galway West Executive to discuss the matter.
Mr Ó Cuív said that the parliamentary party had taken the decision not to go into coalition with Sinn Féin at yesterday's meeting, but that he was completely opposed to the only other option.He said: "Fianna Fáil intends to go into coalition with Fine Gael and the Greens. If you look a the figures, that's the only option that gives you a majority ... I'm against that, completely against that, and I made that known at the meeting.
"The public voted for change, we said we weren't going in with Fine Gael, we said we were for change, and that there was a need for a change of government."Mr Ó Cuív said that he had some support for this stance at the meeting yesterday, but would not be drawn on names.
He also clarified that what is proposed is a coalition, not a confidence and supply agreement. Read more: RTÉ News »
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FF AND FG HAVE THE COUNTRY IN TERRIBLE MESS ,SF HAVE IDEAS ,SOLUTIONS TO GET THE COUNTRY MOVING , MUST BE WORTH A TRY,SF DID Not MAKE THE MESS, At least sinnfeinireland are being proactive. Regardless of whether we approve of them as leaders or not. That’s proper leadership. There just seems to be more dynamism in them at the moment compared to fiannafailparty FineGael Michael_O_Regan
MaryLouMcDonald Roses are Red Violets are Blue Gerry Adams' father molested children, Did yours, Mary Lou? They literally have one seat more then Sinn Fein, What was the point of the election if your not gonna let Sinn Fein take part like what was the fucking point, WHY DO YOU HATE SINN FEIN MichealMartinTD, Why won’t you let them part take, We all deserve to no?
agentathcliath Ian Paisley went into government with SF, having previously seen them as sworn enemies. Micky Martin can't bring himself to. Speaks volumes about him. I've a feeling another election is coming, as a FF/FG/Green coalition now would likely deliver a SF landslide the next time round MaryLouMcDonald Do you know if there is any truth in the following?, I was anonymously sent this. 'Informed by a garda quietly, that at Gormanston Army camp (Louth), gardai are increasing their public order training in large numbers. My informant spoke to one of the others practising and between
That is the plan of FF, even though they are the biggest party they will just sit and watch and hope everything else fails so when they do what they want and it fails they can say 'well you failed too', cause they know they will fail, they have no courage. MaryLouMcDonald of course nobody wants to get into government with her, the SF numbers don't add up!
MaryLouMcDonald How is it disrespectful that FF and FG will not work with SF . You have 37 seats and 50 others seats who could work with you to give you 87 . Will they not talk to you . form a minority govt and get on with it and stop whingeing. Sinn Fèin haven't changed from their green book manifesto.
MaryLouMcDonald How on earth is it i democratic if FF FG go into power . They had more than 44% of the vote . It is vastly more democratic than your election to lead SF . Twist the truth to suit your needs . You are no different to FF and FG
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After 1916 rebellion, l believe pro and anti treaty sides fought a bloody civil war, where atrocities were carried out day and night. When Martin and his cohorts in FF preach about morality, can no one tell them that their Free State was founded on the blood of their ancestors. MaryLouMcDonald Will somebody in RTE tell Heather Humphrey that both SF and FF won 37 seats
All this will do is make the vote larger at the next chance ....these parties will all have to work together at some point since the voting system favours a coalition style of government Can some explaine how FF have more seats. The CC is the speaker so he's neutral so that means FF and SF have 37 each. Is this not correct.
She says she would try to not go into govt with ff and now expects them to go into government with her party it’s laughable Asking for a meeting about why they couldn't have a meeting. Let's be real: FF & FG weren't voted in to coalesce with SF. And SF didn't go into this election intending to stand on it's own two feet in government: boohoo.
Why not write to all who voted for FF on the basis that they wouldn’t enter government with SF... The Lady in Red is glancing at me Us two arse cheeks But she’s not here, just Leo & Me It’s where I want to be I hardly knew, this Blueshirt by my side I’ll never forget, the votes I lost that night GE2020
FF FG 2 sides of the 1 coin, fake opposition making sure they destroyed Labour the greens and Social Democrats so they could set themselves up for the longterm gravy train. Wasn't long doing a complete u turn....
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Clearly if you lolkat the results from the first count the people of Ireland voted massively in favour of SF, Mary Lou made a massive mistake by not running more candidates. If she did there he no debate on next government she would have won by a landslide Write a letter? Just email him. Or WhatsApp.
Will she not respect the people who voted for FF, particularly as they said the wouldn't go into government with SF. Why does everyone have to respect SF's mandate. The poverty in Ireland thanks to FG and FF Come out ye Fianna Gael Mary Lou needs a maths refresher course . 25% is not greater than the 42% who voted for parties that won’t deal with her !
Intends...to write...to meet...about not meeting... Irish politics ladies and gentlemen I wouldnt be opening anything sent in the post by her crowd....
Eoin Ó Broin says Sinn Féin cannot form government without either Fianna Fáil or Fine GaelÓ Broin said that political parties who say they won't discuss government formation with another party - as both Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael have done about Sinn Féin - 'smacks of arrogance' and 'recklessness'. No it just smacks of not wanting a group who won’t go after criminals in power Short memory? Or you could argue they are doing what they believe is right as forming a government with a far left party with questionable links to all sorts of undesirables might not be in the national interest...
She should include her “hard done by” card in the letter too cause it’s worn out to bits now🙌🏻 ProudToBePartOf76 Ah sure they’ll have to and see what can be done. Then the big spin after the meeting on how Michael just not being nice let’s see that as the messages then. Why does the left just do it
Love her.😘 What is wrong with the lady? Yea cry me a river Mary lou
SF TD refuses to pay €12k arrears to homeless charity after being elected to €96k jobA SINN Fein TD has refused to pay back €12,000 in rent arrears to a homeless charity — despite just being elected to a €96,000 a year job. Violet-Anne Wynne was evicted from social housing for a fa… RitaRey52 surely she must pat this before she enters Dail ekg2009 Don’t Sinn Fein TD’s only take the arverage industrial wage out of their salary? She should pay. They are champagne socialists.