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Ireland There will be no vote to elect a Taoiseach when Dail meets again

22:25  26 february  2020
22:25  26 february  2020 Source:   extra.ie

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There will not be a vote to decide the next Taoiseach when the Dail meets again next week, it has been announced.

Sinn Fein Finance spokesperson Pearse Doherty said that the Dail Business Committee recommended there will be no vote to decide the next Taoiseach on Thursday, March 5, speaking before a government formation meeting with the Social Democrats. 

Mr Doherty said he was ‘disappointed’ that there won’t be a vote because it will take away the momentum in this stage of the government formation process.

Pearse Doherty wearing a suit and tie: Mr Doherty said he was ‘disappointed’ that there won’t be a vote because it will take moment away from Government formation. Pic: Gareth Chaney Collins © Provided by Extra.ie Mr Doherty said he was ‘disappointed’ that there won’t be a vote because it will take moment away from Government formation. Pic: Gareth Chaney Collins

‘The Dail Business Committee have recommended that there will be no Taoiseach vote on the 5th of March. The Dail will reconvene with statements on the EU council and the Coronavirus,’ said Mr Doherty after a meeting with the Rural Independent Group.

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The leader of government formation for Sinn Fein, Mr Doherty said: ‘I think it’s probably disappointing that there’s not going to be a vote for a Taoiseach when the Dail reconvenes on March 5 — not that I expect that there would be an outcome to that process.

‘But at least it is a marking point. It’s a stage in the process and failure to have that, to me, withdraws momentum from this process and allows people to sit back and we can’t sit back. There’s real big issues that need to be dealt with,’ said Pearse Doherty.

a close up of Mary Lou McDonald with red hair looking at the camera: Mary Lou McDonald made history as the first party leader outside of Fine Gael and Fianna Fail to receive the highest number of votes. Pic: RollingNews.ie © Provided by Extra.ie Mary Lou McDonald made history as the first party leader outside of Fine Gael and Fianna Fail to receive the highest number of votes. Pic: RollingNews.ie

On the prospect of another election, Pearse said Sinn Fein did not want a second election.

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‘I think that would be a major failure in relation to politics,’ he said. ‘It won’t be of our doing.

‘We are willing to talk to all political parties. We have a mandate as do other political parties. We respect and recognise that mandate. A government can be formed if there is a willingness there and if there is a bit of grown up politics.

‘It is only a couple of weeks ago that a couple of million people came out and cast their votes. They did so in the middle of a storm as winds and rains were battering down on people.

‘There is a responsibility on all of us to put forward a Government that is stable but that also reflects the wishes and desires of people which means a government for change.

‘There will come a point, obviously when we are finished these intense discussions with others, to see whether that is possible or not but we believe that it is possible.’

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Mary Lou McDonald made history as the first party leader outside of Fine Gael and Fianna Fail to receive the highest number of votes in support of her bid, however, it wasn’t enough for her to get elected.

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