By Elaine Loughlin, political reporter
Renua Ireland have claimed they will hold the balance of power after the Election.
Lucinda Creighton’s party are convinced they will enter coalition with Fine Gael despite remaining “wary” of the party, she said today.
Ms Creighton said her party is adamant it will form part of the next government, whatever that may be.
“It is important for us and indeed it is important for the Irish people that Renua Ireland will be a part of the next government,” she said.
“You have to look at the numbers and at the moment the likelihood is; it’s not a certainty, but the likelihood is that the next Government will be led by Enda Kenny as Taoiseach.”
However she added that there is “no difference” between Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael who have played “Punch and Judy politics” over the past decade.
“Anything can happen. It’s going to be a long campaign. We will be mounting a serious challenge and we are just focusing at the moment on winning as many seats as we can,” she said.
She said the party was still wary of Fine Gael considering the length of time it took Mr Enda Kenny to rule out doing a deal with Tipperary Independent TD Michael Lowry.
Speaking on radio this morning, Mr Kenny said he would not consider doing business with Mr Lowry after the General Election.
Mr Creighton said: “I was delighted after 13 opportunities, the Taoiseach finally 10 days later ruled out Michael Lowry. I think it was important...But I think we have to be wary of that.”
Speaking outside Dublin Castle this afternoon, the party outlined their red-line issues which they claim will not be sacrificed in any negotiations for a new coalition after the General Election.
Renua want to establish a public commission on a flat tax which would report in nine months.
They would also introduce a Fiscal Responsibility Bill to prevent “the boom-and-bust politics that has plagued our economy”.