Rank hypocrisy is the key hallmark of the political establishment in Ireland, you say? Surely not!
From the Irish News, the Fianna Fáil leader, Micheál Martin TD, on the de facto two-party regional administration in Belfast:
“FIANNA Fáil leader Micheál Martin has urged the British and Irish governments to directly intervene to end the “stranglehold” in Stormont.
“We need direct engagement by both the Irish and British governments to end the stranglehold in Stormont by two parties,” he said.
“This is doing immense damage to public support for the institutions and public engagement in politics.”
Mr Martin has previously accused the DUP and Sinn Féin of pandering only to their own communities while failing to build bridges between them.”
From the Herald, the Fianna Fáil leader, Micheál Martin TD, on the potential return of the two-party national government in Dublin:
“Fianna Fail is prepared to put Enda Kenny and Joan Burton back into government despite campaigning to bring down their Fine Gael-Labour coalition.
Micheal Martin has said if a deal can be struck with Fine Gael on a minority government he will not object to the Labour Party being part of it.
In advance of negotiations between the parties resuming today, Mr Martin said: “We’ve made every effort to provide for an alternative government.
…we are willing to facilitate a Fine Gael-led minority government, which is Fine Gael plus others.””
That’s the return of the despised Fine Oibre coalition, brought to you courtesy of Fianna Fáil.