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IrelandMicheál Martin rules out election this year and says 'national interest' must come first

17:00  09 september  2019
17:00  09 september  2019 Source:   thejournal.ie

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Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has ruled out calling a general election in 2019.He made the Outlining some of those damages, he added: "The Department of Finance says it will reduce job "Nobody who genuinely has Ireland's interests at heart could tolerate this ." He also lashed out at the

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FIANNA FAIL LEADER Micheál Martin has ruled out an election this side of the calendar year so Brexit can be prioritised.

Speaking at the start of his party’s annual think-in in Gorey, Wexford, Martin said that he was “putting the national interest first” and indicated that he won’t seek to collapse the government.

Martin said that the country will most likely go to the polls in the early spring next year.

“The national interest comes first. Fianna Fail will not precipitate a general election,” Martin said.

While he conceded that the potential of a no-deal Brexit creeps closer to a reality, he said it is the hope of Fianna Fáil that the domestic turmoil in which Boris Johnson and his stalled Tory government currently finds itself may ultimately lead to a deal being done at the last minute.

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Fianna Fail leader Michéal Martin has once more ruled out going into government with either Sinn Féin or Fine Gael. In his opening address, Mr Martin noted the party's success in last year 's General Election and said that since then, great strides had been made by the organisation.

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has ruled out pulling the plug on the Government in the immediate aftermath of any Brexit breakthrough, saying it would And, pointing to the "instability" in the House of Commons, he said it would be wrong and "reckless" to cause an election while Ireland is still at real

Martin added: “One hopeful situation is that Boris Johnson is in a tight corner and he wants to leave at the end of October.”

Fianna Fáil’s think-in ahead of the new Dáil schedule is expected to last until tomorrow afternoon.

While the party has decided not to pull the plug on the current Government, it said there were many aspects of Varadkar’s Government that has left Fianna Fáil with considerable concerns.

Martin said that the housing and homeless crises, along with the overspends in health as well as the national broadband plan are serious causes of concern for the opposition party.

The Fianna Fáil leader also attacked what he called “the dark arts” at play within the health system’s books.

But despite the party’s gripes, they will remain the course and continue to prop up Fine Gael.

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Martin also called on the Government to come clean on no-deal planning. Leo Varadkar last week accepted that some checks may have to take place close to the border in the case of the UK leaving the EU without any sort of deal. He said that he “didn’t think the government was telling the truth last year when they said there would definitely be no checks after Brexit”.

Despite propping the current Government up, Martin was not afraid to have a pop at those he and his party continue to support. Commenting on a recent Fine Gael video which attacked Fianna Fáil’s policies, Martin said that he may well take the barb as a compliment.

He added: “The defining characteristic of this Government is spin rather rather than substance of what they should be about, which is giving people the detail around a no-deal Brexit, telling us the truth about what will happen at the border and how the talks at the EU Commission are going.

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Sources at the meeting said Mr Martin also ruled out a future alliance with Sinn Féin and insisted Fianna Fáil should focus on setting out its own distinctive “ Micheál was making the point that we are not in the space yet to be talking about leading governments or going into governments,” one TD said .

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“It’s silly stuff and I’m not too exercised by it; when people start attacking you sometimes it can be a compliment.”

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