Micheál Martin considers coalition deal with Labour

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin favours a coalition with Labour after the next general election, he has strongly suggested.

However, Mr Martin does not believe an election will be held soon and maintained Fianna Fáil is determined to abide by the three-budget agreement with Fine Gael.

In an interview with the Irish Examiner, Mr Martin opened up the possibility of doing a deal with the Labour party and emphasised how well a previous government with the party had worked.

He said the days of overall majorities by a single party are “long gone”, and we could see another minority government after the next election.

“We will obviously evolve our thinking and position ourselves in advance of the next election. But it will be based on the policy positions that are essential to us and core to our beliefs.”

Although Mr Martin said it was essential to get the current Dáil working first, he highlighted the success of the previous Fianna Fáil- Labour coalition.

“The Labour party ‘92-94 government was a very good government. I was a backbench TD then and many people regret the manner in which that government broke up and a lot of good legislation came out of that combination of Fianna Fáil and Labour.

“The prioritisation of the arts for example was very strong in that era, equality legislation and so on, and there was very good infrastructural work commenced. That’s then and this is now, it all depends on how respective parties do. Our main focus will be to grow our party. At this particular point in time, Labour has to grow itself and has a lot going on, it’s far too early to say who would be prospective partners, supporters. You could very well have a minority government next time around as well.”


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