New government urgently needed, says ex-tánaiste Mary Harney

A former tánaiste says she believes it is very damaging for Ireland’s international reputation that we haven’t succeeded in forming another government.

Mary Harney told an event in Co Kerry yesterday she believed the country could “stumble into” another general election but said she was not confident the outcome would be any different.

Ms Harney made her remarks at the Women in Media conference in Ballybunion, Co Kerry, where she delivered the closing address at the three-day event.

The former Progressive Democrats leader made it clear she was speaking from the point of view of a citizen.

She added: “As a citizen, I’m very worried that we haven’t been able to form a stable government and I think it has to be the priority. I don’t underestimate how difficult it is and it is particularly difficult given the make-up of the Dáil and the huge number of parties and Independents. I also think that from an investment in the country’s point of view, it’s paramount we put a government in place quickly.”

She told the conference that when she left public life she made a conscious decision to leave politics behind.

This was the fourth annual Women in Media conference, which was inspired by the late Mary Cummins, who came from the town, and author Maeve Binchy, who holidayed there as a teenager.


Lifestyle

They differ from the more prevalent oranges we eat because their flesh, and often the skin, is crimson or deep red in colour.Michelle Darmody: The best time of year to buy blood oranges

The annual Members Exhibition now underway at the Lavit Gallery in Cork features 92 works from 72 artists.The exhibition runs until March 7.Under the hammer: Your guide to upcoming auctions

There’s an oriental theme at the James Adam ‘At Home’ auction in Dublin, says Des O’SullivanAuctions: Sale full of eastern promise

Sales of artisan sourdough bread are on the rise. It's all very well if you're happy to pay for a chewy substantial loaf but does it have any real health benefits? Áilín Quinlan talks to the expertsFlour power: The rise and rise of sourdough bread

More From The Irish Examiner