FF veteran Dermot Ahern: FF and FG have a duty to talk about forming a government

FF veteran Dermot Ahern: FF and FG have a duty to talk about forming a government

Update 2.45pm:Former senior advisor to Fine Geal Frank Flannery has hinted it might be time to end the era of civil war politics.

Frank Flannery indicated if no party gets over 60 seats, Fianna Fáil and Fine Geal may have to listen to what the electorate has said, and enter into talks.

Early exit polls have suggested this may be the only way to form a viable government after this election.

Earlier:

Former Fianna Fáil Justice Minister Dermot Ahern has said that Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael have a duty to sit down and talk about a possible government given the emerging picture across the country.

Final tallies are indicating the government parties Fine Gael and Labour will be far short of the seats necessary to form a government, and that a FG-FF coalition may be the only option to secure the seats required.

Fianna Fáil said during the election campaign that it would not enter government with Fine Gael.

Dermot Ahern said: "I think there's a duty on the two main political parties to sit down in the interests of the country, not of their political parties....even though it has been unthinkable up to now.

"There may very well be political downsides for Fianna Fáil, and for Fine Gael, in coming together, but I think they do have a duty."

More on this topic

Water charges 'will be collected'; Joan Burton expected to step down as Labour leaderWater charges 'will be collected'; Joan Burton expected to step down as Labour leader

Independent Alliance say FG will have to agree to 'radical proposals' for a govt by ThursdayIndependent Alliance say FG will have to agree to 'radical proposals' for a govt by Thursday

Talks with Independent Alliance could delay govt formation; SF says FF have 'lost credibility'Talks with Independent Alliance could delay govt formation; SF says FF have 'lost credibility'

Leo Varadkar's govt formation comments 'misleading and self-serving', says Michael McGrathLeo Varadkar's govt formation comments 'misleading and self-serving', says Michael McGrath


More in this Section

Missing woman forest search finds ‘nothing of significance’Missing woman forest search finds ‘nothing of significance’

Lunney family endured ‘week from hell’ after Quinn executive abducted and attackedLunney family endured ‘week from hell’ after Quinn executive abducted and attacked

Gardaí seek help locating two girls, 12 and 13, missing from DublinGardaí seek help locating two girls, 12 and 13, missing from Dublin

Woman airlifted to hospital after slipping at Howth HeadWoman airlifted to hospital after slipping at Howth Head


Lifestyle

Gráinne Healy only started running regularly a few years ago. She’s already completed 50 parkruns. She tells Rowena Walsh what motivates her.Ageing with Attitude: Parkruns and quiet Friday nights

Against popular wisdom and flying a plane made from bamboo, wire and bike handlebars, a Co Antrim woman blazed a sky trail for aviation and for the independence of women, writes Bette BrowneMagnificent Lilian Bland blazed a trail for independence of women in her plane of bamboo

The epic battle for the bridge at Arnhem, as depicted in the blockbuster 'A Bridge Too Far', saw the Allies aim to end the war by Christmas 1944, but failed as a huge airborne assault force failed to take the last bridge across the Rhine. In an extract from his latest book 'A Bloody Week', Dan Harvey tells the story of one of the hundreds of brave men from Ireland who gave their all to the Allied campaignThe bridge to war: Dan Harvey's new book looks at the Irish who went a bridge too far

Several days ago, the long-awaited sequel to Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale was released.Lindsay Woods: I have always consumed books at a furious pace

More From The Irish Examiner