Fianna Fáil has attempted to distance itself from taking responsibility for the most controversial elements of Budget 2017, repeatedly insisting that while it “influenced” the plan “we didn’t write this budget”.
Everything was on track. The mood music was good. Government formation negotiators were pointing towards a weekend deal in the making. Then talks broke down again yesterday evening as a further standoff ensued between Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael, writes
Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has once again ruled out any deal with Fine Gael, saying his party “didn’t get a mandate to put Fine Gael back into government” amid growing concern the stalemate could cause a second election.
Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has told party TDs to downplay talk of “red line” issues before any potential negotiations on government — which could take at least two months — begin.