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Fianna Fáil Prepares Ground For A Future Coalition With Sinn Féin

Given the ongoing speculation about the creation of a Fianna Fáil and Sinn Féin coalition government following the next general election, if the current polling numbers hold up, this report from the Irish Times comes as no surprise:

A group of Fianna Fáil TDs, including members of Micheál Martin’s front bench, have said the party should be open to coalition with Sinn Féin.

Their statements are in contrast to the party leader’s strong position that he will not enter power with Sinn Féin and indicate divided views in Fianna Fáil.

However, a significant number of TDs who spoke to The Irish Times were also strongly against such a move. Sinn Féin has indicated it wanted to enter government as a junior coalition party but ruled out supporting a minority government.

While sizeable blocs in both parties may be hostile to any such deal, it is the pragmatic – and ambitious – voices which seem to have the lead on this subject at the moment. As Éamon Ó Cuív pointed out back in 2012:

‘What’s the difference between Fianna Fáil and Sinn Féin when it comes down to it – except that it took them 70 years to recognise the Dáil? We’re both republican parties and we both come from the same stable.’

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10 comments on “Fianna Fáil Prepares Ground For A Future Coalition With Sinn Féin

  1. sinn fein are fast becoming either the new labour party or fianna fail light !! but what they are not is a republican party but a party of self interest

    • I’m not sure I’d entirely agree but you have a point. A voice in government is the raison d’être of political parties, so you could explain/excuse it in those terms. Perhaps.

  2. Too funny for words, ever heard of the Molotov-Ribbentrop accord?

  3. When did SINN FEIN say “they wanted to be a junior party in any future coalition government”……cant and wont ever happen .

    • Mary Lou’s handlers seem to be indicating it to journos.

      • when and where did you get this MIS-INFORMATION……..like i said cant and wont happen so its time for you to retract or back it up with facts not “HANDLERS SEEM TO” THIS IS AKIN TO ” UNIDENTIFIED SECURITY SOURCES” and we all know who they are

  4. Russian president Vladimir Putin over the weekend celebrated the 70th anniversary of the Soviet defeat of Nazi Germany with a military parade on Red Square and a series of smaller events.
    But while standing next to German chancellor Angela Merkel, he appeared to justify the Molotov-Ribbentrop pact which the Soviet Union signed with the Nazi regime in 1939.

    “This pact made sense in terms of guaranteeing the Soviet Union’s security,” he said on Sunday (10 May).
    Putin noted that Moscow, in the 1930s, had tried to stop Nazi Germany, but felt isolated after Germany, France, and the UK signed the 1938 Munich agreement allowing Hitler to annex parts of Czechoslovakia.

    “The Soviet Union made tremendous efforts to put in place conditions for collective resistance to Nazism in Germany and made repeated attempts to create an anti-Nazi bloc in Europe,” he said.

    “All of these attempts failed. What’s more, after 1938, when the well-known agreement was concluded in Munich, conceding some regions of Czechoslovakia, some politicians thought that war was inevitable,” he added.

    “When the Soviet Union realised that it was left to face Hitler’s Germany on its own, it acted to try to avoid a direct confrontation, and this resulted in signing the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact”.

    The Molotov-Ribbentrop accord was signed on 23 August 1939.

    Three days later, the German army was mobilised and nine days later Hitler attacked Poland, triggering declarations of war by France and Britain.

    Many historians believe the Molotov-Ribbentrop deal allowed Hitler to start the war because he knew he wouldn’t have to face the Soviet Union.

    But the Soviet Union was itself invaded in June 1941, when Hitler launched a surprise attack.

  5. the Phoenix

    May as well. No real difference between shinners and mainstream parties now.

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