Several TDs declare intentions to abstain from vote

Several TDs declare intentions to abstain from vote

By Daniel McConnell Irish Examiner Political Editor

Several Independent TDs have this lunchtime confirmed they will not vote for either Enda Kenny or Micheál Martin to become Taoiseach this afternoon.

The Independents gave voice to their deep frustration as to the quality of the 122-page proposal from Fine Gael, describing it as “very disappointing.”

Confirming her intention to abstain, Dublin South-West TD Katherine Zappone said she would need a programme for government to support and that is not was given to her last night.

“It is very, very disappointing. For me to be in a position to vote I would need a person and a programme to support and we don’t have that,” she said on Newstalk Lunchtime.

She also railed at the delay in Mr Kenny or Mr Martin in sitting down and talking to each other.

Michael Collins TD, of the group of Rural Five TDs, said the group were to decide shortly but signalled strongly that he and his group could not support either Mr Kenny or Mr Martin for Taoiseach.

Independent Alliance TD Finian McGrath was more circumspect about his intentions, saying their meeting has not come to conclusion.

But other members of the Alliance have said they have no intention of voting for either party leader.

Mr McGrath the process has been a positive one, despite the criticisms over the document.

“It is a draft and it needs more work, but the process has been positive,” he said.

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