The Taoiseach and Tánaiste have repeatedly refused to rule out doing a deal with independent TD Michael Lowry after the election.
Enda Kenny would not dismiss the idea of approaching the Tipperary TD as possible support, but said he would prefer not to have to do businesses with any independent to form a government.
His stance was echoed by Tánaiste Joan Burton who said she would not be “jumping ahead” of the election but didn’t close the door on Mr Lowry.
Speaking to the Irish Examiner yesterday, Mr Lowry also did not rule out supporting a government but said his focus is to get re-elected first.
“My opinion is very simply my priority and only focus is getting elected,” he said.
“When the election is over and if I am elected, I will consider what is put in front of me. I haven’t even considered the aftermath of the election.”
Although Mr Kenny was highly critical of the former communications minister following the Moriarty Tribunal, yesterday he refused to categorically rule out looking to him for support.
“I don’t envisage having to do any business with any independent after the election,” he said. Speaking on RTÉ’s This Week programme he added: “There are no discussions, no connections, no contact with any independent from the Fine Gael party.”
Although Ms Burton said her party has not been involved in any discussions with independents, she also refused to rule out going into power with Mr Lowry.
“Let’s not jump ahead of ourselves, the electorate reigns supreme when it comes to an election. I am not involved in any discussions in relation to any independent or any group of independents, we’re focusing on asking voters to give their support to the Labour Party and Fine Gael.”
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