Fianna Fáil rules itself out of participating in next Government – DEERING.

20th November, 2015

Carlow Fine Gael TD., Pat Deering, has said that comments made by Fianna Fáil’s Director of Elections make it clear that the Party has now ruled itself out of being part of the next government. Billy Kelleher has said the party would “probably” go into opposition if it was not the largest grouping in any new coalition.

“It is now clear that Fianna Fáil has absolutely no interest in entering government after the next election. This can’t come as a surprise given the lack of policies, particularly in the area of job creation.

“Fine Gael, on the other hand, wants to be returned to government so that the Universal Social Charge is abolished and that Ireland can return to full-employment by 2018.

“Fianna Fáil managed to turn one of the most prosperous periods in our country’s history into its deepest recession. This Fine Gael led Government has managed to turn the worst recession in the history of the State to Ireland becoming the fastest growing economy in Europe; creating more than 135,000 jobs and moved the unemployment rate below 9% for the first time in seven years.

“Ireland needs a government that can be trusted to keep the recovery going; not one that would take Ireland back to crisis or a new cycle of boom and bust.

“It is no wonder that Fianna Fáil doesn’t want to take the serious responsibility that comes with government. The next election will be a choice about who will keep the recovery going, based on stability and progress as opposed to instability and chaos.

“Keeping the recovery going means having a plan to create more jobs and keep the economy strong. Fianna Fáil has no such plan and, judging by the comments made by their Director of Elections, no real desire to assume the responsibility of governing the country.”