Micheál Cholm Mac Giolla Easbuig has called on Sinn Féin to rule out coalition with Fianna Fail after the next election.
It follows comments from Padraig Mac Lochlainn TD on social media that he would be prepared to be part of a government with Fianna Fail under certain conditions.
The Independent councillor said Sinn Féin needs to decide if it wants to be part of a left government or a coalition with Fianna Fáil.
“It can’t ride two horses. Padraig Mac Lochlainn took to social media to issue a clarification of his position following an interview with a national newspaper on his views on forming a government after the next election. While he correctly ruled out coalition with the right wing Fine Gael party under any circumstances, he would only rule out coalition with the equally right wing Fianna Fáil if it was that party leading the government.”
“In fact he went further in saying that he personally would support a government which included Fianna Fail if they accepted a ‘left or progressive’ programme for government. It is a ridiculous notion that Fianna Fail is capable of ‘progressive’ let alone left politics. Does Padraig need reminding that this was the party which brought in the troika and the era of austerity after they had allowed their builder and banker friends to wreck the economy? It is unfortunate timing that he picks this week to make overtures to Fianna Fail when it has emerged that in the last government Fianna Fail was planning to hit us with even higher water charges than the current government.”
“Sinn Féin has been saying that it wants to be part of a government of the left. If they are serious about that then they must categorically rule out coalition with Fianna Fáil under any circumstances, just as they have done with Fine Gael. Holding the door open to the ‘progressive’ Fianna Fáil il is just not on.”
“In the next election we have a historic chance to finally break the Fianna Fáil/Fine Gael/Labour stranglehold of right wing governments. If we want a government which will introduce real wealth redistribution through a wealth tax, an increase in corporation tax, the closing of tax loopholes, the elimination of USC, water charges and property tax, we are not going to get that with Fianna Fáil. All those who genuinely stand on the left will reject a deal with any of the parties of the right.”Tags: