Strong opposition 'critically important', Kelly says as Labour unlikely to enter coalition

The Labour Party is not looking to enter government but it could support one from opposition, its new leader Alan Kelly.
Strong opposition 'critically important', Kelly says as Labour unlikely to enter coalition

The Labour Party is not looking to enter government but it could support one from opposition, its new leader Alan Kelly.

Breaking his silence since being elected the party's 13th leader, Mr Kelly said Labour does not expect to enter a new government coalition.

Mr Kelly said although his party will “talk to anybody”, he does not believe they will be in a position to go into a coalition.

“We will talk to anybody who wants to talk to us, it is the appropriate thing to do at this time,” he told RTÉ radio’s Morning Ireland.

“But I don’t believe we will be in a position to go into coalition.”

“There are four large parties, any three of which could form a government. It is up to them to do so.”

Mr Kelly said he was disappointed that the Green Party “with their large mandate” were “not willing to put their shoulder to the wheel.”

When asked if the Labour party would participate in a confidence and supply agreement with a new government, Mr Kelly said that a document was due to be sent to all political parties this week and his party would consider it in detail an would respond.

Mr Kelly said he was looking forward to putting forward the Labour party’s vision.

“To show that we are different to all the other parties.”

He said he believed there was a need for a strong majority government, “that’s what the four (other political parties) should be doing.”

There is a need for a strong opposition, that was critically important.

A majority government is going to have to make difficult decision and a strong opposition was needed to challenge those decisions, he said.

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