Sinn Fein leader Mary Lou McDonald accuses ‘arrogant’ political rivals for refusing her party place in the next Irish government due to historical ties with IRA
- Sinn Fein topped the first preferred poll in last week’s Irish general election
- The party won 37 seats – one less than Fianna Fail and two more than Fine Gael
- But Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin has refused to form a coalition with them
Sinn Fein leader Mary Lou McDonald says that political rivals are “arrogant.”
Sinn Fein leader Mary Lou McDonald today destroyed “arrogant” political rivals because she had denied her party a place in the next Irish government.
Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin has ruled out a coalition with the left party because of historical ties with the IRA.
Mrs. McDonald told a party meeting in Belfast: “The political establishment of Fianna Fail and Fine Gael circles around the wagons in defense of a status quo that will not bring about the change that citizens voted for last weekend.
“Because they don’t want change. That’s why they said they wouldn’t talk to us.
“And it now seems that Michael Martin’s plan is to refuse the people they voted for.
“That is an arrogant and untenable position, given the power of Sinn Fein’s mandate.”
Sinn Fein leader Mary Lou McDonald pictured celebrating with supporters after last week’s election with the party winning the largest number of first preference votes
Irish Martin Fianna Fail party leader Michael Martin told a meeting of his TDs this week that they would form a coalition with everyone except Sinn Fein
Martin told a party meeting last week that they could not find a deal with the left republicans because of the damage they would do to the country.
A source of the center-right party told it Irish Independent there was ‘fairly unanimous support’ for Mr Martin’s decision.
Martin took note of Waterford Sinn Fein TD David Cullinane’s scream about ‘up the Ra (IRA)’ at a party following the success of last weekend’s elections.
“The mask slipped,” Mr. Martin told his colleagues and revealed why Sinn Fein is not suitable for the office.
Sinn Fein emerged as the party with the largest first preference vote in last week’s Irish elections.
But it did not provide enough candidates to take full advantage of a wave of support inspired by dissatisfaction with healthcare issues and access to housing.
The rivals of Sinn Fein joined the republican party in a coalition government because of its historical ties with the IRA. Pictured: IRA masked provisional facilities that guide the coffin at the funeral of hunger strikers Bobby Sands in 1981
Sinn Fein reached the first preferred poll after the general election and won a total of 37 seats – one less than Fianna Fail and two more than Tauiseach Leo Varadkar’s Fine Gael.
No party has enough seats to rule, and Sinn Fein seems to have failed to gather sufficient support from a coalition of small left parties and independent members of the new Irish parliament, the Dail.
Mrs. McDonald said the public had given her party the opportunity to show it could improve their lives.
She said: “An opportunity to show that we are meeting our obligations. A chance to shape a government that will finally do good to ordinary people.
“They want a government for change.”
The party of Taoiseach Leo Varadkar won 35 seats in the 160-seat parliament behind Sinn Fein, who received 37 and Fianna Fail, who has 38