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IrelandFianna Fail’s Lisa Chambers says we'd all like to see a female Taoiseach at some point in the future

17:15  03 august  2019
17:15  03 august  2019 Source:   msn.com

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The Taoiseach (/ˈtiːʃəx/ (listen)) is the prime minister and head of government of Ireland. The Taoiseach is appointed by the President upon the nomination of Dáil Éireann

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Fianna Fail’s Lisa Chambers says we'd all like to see a female Taoiseach at some point in the future © Provided by Reach Publishing Services Limited Lisa Chambers

Fianna Fail’s Lisa Chambers doesn’t like daydreaming about the future but admitted she would throw her hat into the ring if the opportunity ever arose to become her party’s first female leader.

Speaking exclusively to the Irish Mirror,the rising star said: “I think right across the country we’d all at some point like to see a female Taoiseach. I don’t know when, but that will happen at some point.

“Fianna Fail has an exceptional leader in Micheal Martin, but if ever a vacancy arose in the future, assuming I’m still a TD, I’d like to think I would put myself forward.

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Fianna Fáil was swept from power in the worst defeat of a sitting government since the formation of the Irish This came despite Fine Gael and Labour saying they would like to see a renegotiation of some of Fianna Fáil enjoyed a small bounce after the election of Brian Cowen as Taoiseach , succeeding

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“In politics you can never really predict too far ahead so it’s better to focus on what you can achieve now. Someday Fianna Fail will have a female leader and someday our country will have its first female Taoiseach.

“At this point, my focus is on doing my job in my Brexit brief, seeking re-election. And I want to see Fianna Fail in government and I hope to be in Cabinet in that government. But a day or a week is a long time in politics so there’s no point in thinking too far ahead with these things.”

And Deputy Chambers is confident Mr Martin will be Taoiseach after the next General Election.

She said: “Again, we have to wait and see what the electorate decides, but my view is he’s the best person for the job.”

Fianna Fail’s Lisa Chambers says we'd all like to see a female Taoiseach at some point in the future © Conor McCabe Photography. Pictured (l-r) were Fianna Fail General Election Candidates Cllr Catherine Ardagh (Dublin South Central), Cllr Paul McAuliffe (Dublin North West), Micheal Martin TD (Cork South Central) and Cllr Lisa Chambers (Mayo) at the 77th Fianna Fáil Ard Fheis at Citywest Hotel in Dublin.

Ms Chambers believes Fine Gael will face a major backlash from voters over Leo Varadkar’s failure to take a tougher stance with TD Maria Bailey over the Swing-gate scandal.

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She said: “I think the damage is done. He commissioned a report into the whole fiasco, he said he read the report, that he was satisfied with it, that’s a matter for himself.

“I think ultimately the people will judge his judgment on that issue. I think Government has to lead from the front. And you can’t on one side have Michael D’Arcy repeatedly every week coming out to say they’re trying to tackle the compo culture and reduce fraudulent and exaggerated claims – and then on the other side you have a TD that’s been accused of doing exactly that.

“I think people were very angry about it – and I don’t think it will be forgotten.

“I’ve no doubt the Government would love to erase it from history, but I don’t think it’s going to go anywhere.”

Fianna Fail’s Lisa Chambers says we'd all like to see a female Taoiseach at some point in the future © Collins Photo Agency Lisa Chambers TD pictured at the Fianna Fail ard fheis 2019 the Citywest Hotel, County Dublin

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She said: “There’s been a policy, I think, over the last three years of just, ‘Let’s wait and see and hope for the best’.

“Leo and Simon [Coveney] have been crossing their fingers behind their backs – just hoping a crash-out won’t happen. These are glaring omissions from the Government’s Brexit plan, they knew we’re not ready. Boris Johnson has really doubled down on his hard Brexit stance and seems very comfortable with the idea he could take his country out of the EU without a deal.

“He seems quite happy to do that and that’s definitely a worry for all of us.

“It’s definitely increased the prospect of a no-deal Brexit to a far greater extent than anything we had previously.”

Ms Chambers was also critical of how Mr Johnson kept Mr Varadkar waiting for almost a week before the customary first call between the neighbouring countries when a new Prime Minister enters Number 10.

She said: “It was Boris Johnston’s fault for not returning the phone call, nobody else.

Fianna Fail’s Lisa Chambers says we'd all like to see a female Taoiseach at some point in the future © Collins Photo Agency Brexit Spokesperson Lisa Chambers TD

“I think it was not within the norms of accepted diplomacy.

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“I think Boris waited a number of days to not return the phone call. I have no doubt it was rooted in a domestic electoral strategy to try and show he was being strong and leading on Brexit – taking control of the process.

“He was playing to a domestic audience and we shouldn’t give much oxygen to that.”

Ms Chambers’ party colleague Timmy Dooley TD was chastised by Mr Martin this week for comments on Twitter claiming there was a “stand-off” between the British and Irish governments because of Mr Varadkar’s “failure” to engage in “basic diplomacy” during the past two years.

She said: “I think we probably place too much focus on Twitter. People can get very involved and you can have a Twitter storm, but that’s not how we do politics – I think people can read too much into a tweet.

“I think there were different interpretations of what he said. And, really, Timmy needs to be asked. I think he’s entitled to his own view, but we have our own policy in terms of Brexit and I’m responsible for that.

“I think relations between both governments are poor and could be better.”

Ms Chambers added there will be a need to repair them after the UK formally leaves the EU.

She said: “I think relations are low and they’re under pressure because of Brexit and it’s understandable to a certain extent.

“There have been times from both sides where unnecessarily you’ve had unkind comments being thrown from one side to the next and that’s been unhelpful.

“But you’d expect there to be a certain level of pressure from Brexit and you can see that’s having an impact on the relationship between both governments.

“So, there’s a considerable amount of work to be done post-Brexit to repair relations.”

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