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Fianna Fail ‘arrogant’ for not speaking to Sinn Fein about coalition says Eoin O’Broin

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Micheal Martin, Eoin Ó Broin are posing for a picture © Provided by Extra.ie

Sinn Fein TD Eoin O’Broin said that Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin is ‘arrogant’ not to speak to his party about a coalition government.

On Thursday, after a parliamentary party meeting with his colleagues, Mr Martin has adopted the stance that his party will not being going into government with Sinn Fein.

He went so far as to suggest that a second election is a real possibility because the formation of government will be difficult.

Eoin Ó Broin wearing glasses and looking at the camera: Sinn Fein TD Eoin O’Broin said that Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin is ‘arrogant’ not to speak to his party about government. Pic: Gareth Chaney/Collins © Provided by Extra.ie Sinn Fein TD Eoin O’Broin said that Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin is ‘arrogant’ not to speak to his party about government. Pic: Gareth Chaney/Collins

It now appears that Mr Martin may seek a coalition with Fine Gael and the Green Party, before any suggestion of an election.

Based on Sinn Fein’s share of the vote in the election, they could benefit from running more candidates in a second vote.

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With that being said, Deputy O’Broin indicated that Sinn Fein are still keen to try for a government instead of an election.

Speaking on RTE’s Morning Ireland, he said: ‘For me, the most irresponsible thing to do is what Micheal Martin has said.

Micheal Martin wearing a suit and tie: It now appears that Mr Martin may seek a coalition with Fine Gael and the Green Party, before any suggestion of an election. Pic: Sam Boal/Rollingnews.ie © Provided by Extra.ie It now appears that Mr Martin may seek a coalition with Fine Gael and the Green Party, before any suggestion of an election. Pic: Sam Boal/Rollingnews.ie

‘To say he won’t talk to a party that now represents 24 per cent of the electorate.

‘He’s talking about putting back in power the government that has just been booted out of power.

Eoin Ó Broin wearing glasses: Speaking on RTE’s Morning Ireland, he said: ‘The most irresponsible thing to do is what Micheal Martin has said. Pic: Gareth Chaney/Collins © Provided by Associated Newspapers (Ireland) Limited, t/a dmg Media Ireland Speaking on RTE’s Morning Ireland, he said: ‘The most irresponsible thing to do is what Micheal Martin has said. Pic: Gareth Chaney/Collins

‘He is threatening another election at a time when I think the public want politicians to do their job, form a government for change and start fixing the problems that Fianna Fail and Fine Gael created through four years of bad government.’

He went on to say that political parties that say they won’t talk to others, who are ‘threatening’ elections, ‘don’t just smack of arrogance, but I actually think there is a certain recklessness’.

Micheal Martin wearing a suit and tie: He went on to say that Mr Martin’s views on government ‘don’t just smack of arrogance but I actually think there is a certain recklessness’. Pic: Brian Lawless/PA Wire © Provided by Extra.ie He went on to say that Mr Martin’s views on government ‘don’t just smack of arrogance but I actually think there is a certain recklessness’. Pic: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Mr O’Broin added that the only way forward for a ‘stable’ government appears to be one including two of three biggest parties, so Sinn Fein will need either Fianna Fail or Fine Gael.

O’Broin said Sinn Fein is still waiting on a ‘formal response’ from Mr Martin in relation to a letter sent by leader Mary Lou McDonald about government formation talks.

He said Mary Lou will make a decision in the coming days on whether to write a letter to Fine Gael.

MORE ON THE ELECTION:

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FF and FG coalition a slap in the face of electorate, says Mary Lou McDonald (Extra.ie)

SF to devise plan on ministerial salaries (Independent.ie)

Martin not ruling out another election (PA)

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