Fine Gael’s director of elections has staunchly defended his party’s 2016 general election bill, saying its ballot box wipeout would have been even worse if it did not spend almost 40% more than any other party.
May I ask President Higgins to bear in mind that at a cost €40 million a further General Election may well be the best option for the Irish people when one considers that Department of Finance officials have confirmed that Independent TDs had already submitted proposals costing €13 billion.
Is it an oasis, or a mirage? After 55 days lost in the post-election political desert, with seemingly no hope of rescue, for a brief period yesterday, TDs, senators and their handlers believed that at long last a government-forming deal is imminent.
Fine Gael has rejected Fianna Fáil demands to defer all water charges until every house in the country is metered as the move would effectively hand Micheál Martin’s party victory in ongoing talks on Irish Water.
An Independent TD has said he will not touch the mooted Fine Gael-led minority government “with a barge pole” after it emerged Enda Kenny won Katherine Zappone’s backing last week by promising to address abortion laws and introduce equality-proofed budgets.
Independent TD Katherine Zappone has insisted that she was not “formally” offered anything to back Enda Kenny in last Thursday’s Dáil taoiseach nomination vote, despite widespread speculation she may be in line for a potential ministerial role.
“LET’S keep the recovery going” was the general election slogan used by Fine Gael to emphasise the Government’s mastery of the economy and its competence in matters financial compared to administrations in other countries that had also suffered severely in the recession.