‘We Don’t Think That’s Feasible’

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Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin speaking to the media at Leinster House last month

This morning.

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin was interviewed on RTÉ’s Today With Seán O’Rourke.

It followed Mr Martin and Fine Gael leader Leo Varadkar yesterday publishing a framework document to facilitate negotiations for the formation of a coalition Government with other parties or TDs.

How did that go?

Meanwhile…

This afternoon.

On the plinth at Leinster House…

Rise TD Paul Murphy (top), People Before Profit TDs Richard Boyd Barrett and Bríd Smith (above) address journalists…

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13 thoughts on “‘We Don’t Think That’s Feasible’

  1. GiggidyGoo

    ‘Nothing will stop in my way to becoming a Semi-Taoiseach’ An ‘L’ plate. ROFL
    ‘Grassroots – who needs them?’

    On a Postal Ballot. “That’s very challenging. We don’t think that’s feasible at this stage but we are looking and trying to devise other ways.”
    Em – the Postal service is operating. Nothing challenging about that. Post out ballots, and receive them back through the post.
    “Devise” other ways. ‘Deceive’ more apt.

    1. A Person

      Goo Go from a govt. This bull ploppy about a mandate, the people want change…. Go form a govt. You won’t because you’ll have to make decisions. Just like the North. You cannot make decision so lets do nothing. Go on, tell when when SF last made a decision in the UK or Ireland.

        1. A Person

          And this can’t answer a simple question. That’s why you won’t be in govt, nobody trusts you.

  2. Pat O'Kelly

    TDs obtain their mandate to vote in Dail motions from the electorate.
    Therefore there is nothing to impede any TD in exercising such a mandate in any motion, including the election of a Taoiseach.
    If current lock downs prevent party ratification on such matters then the TDs, in the national interest, should regard the electoral mandate as far superior to their party interests and therefore proceed to form a Government immediately.
    Urgent government formation should take precidence over party interests.
    To reiterate the parties choose the candidates but the electorate provide the individual TDs with their parliamentary voting power and whatever members of various parties may think their internal party considerations are grossly inferior to the wider interests of the electorate.
    We have already cast our votes in the election and its high time the TDs do the same in Dail Eireann.

    1. GiggidyGoo

      It isn’t that.
      It’s that FF have to put coalition with FG to their members, and the FF grassroots wouldn’t want that. So Martin is trying to stifle the grassroots. Watch for the ‘due to the Covid19 situation, FF leadership have to take the ex-tra-o-rd-in-ary decision that only elected TDs and Senators will get to decide’.
      The death knell for FF.

      1. Pat O'Kelly

        Thanks for reading and comment
        My point is though that they don’t have to go to their parties – we elected the TDs and not the parties
        And the amount of times the “death knell” argument is used by TDs as an excuse to avoid power and the concuuent difficult decisions is laughable
        I know they have careers and lively hoods to think about but that is why rightly that they have generous remuneration and pensions

        1. Andrew

          Well they may ‘have’ to go to their party memberships, depending on their respective constitutions.There are rules Pat.
          I don’t see what’s so difficult about a postal vote? The Seanad elections have a postal vote

  3. Zaccone

    A postal vote would be incredibly easy to organize if they actually wanted to. California had *8.3million* postal votes cast in their 2018 elections. FF has what, approx 20,000 party members?

    If Martin tries to force through a contentious FG coalition as a fait accompli, without giving the membership any say, I wouldn’t be surprised to see a group of the more Republican FFers splinter off under O’Cuiv.

    1. Cian

      Which would be an interesting development – if a FF / FG / Other coalition were formed… and then O’Cuiv split off with 10-15 TDs… the newly formed government would fall.

      1. Zaccone

        The thing is O’Cuiv wouldn’t even need 15 TDs – if he got even 7 or 8 then any FF/FG/IND government wouldn’t have a majority.

        He wouldn’t really be in the wrong doing it, either. Trying to deprive the membership of a vote on this is pretty shady stuff.

  4. Otis Blue

    The Framework Document explicitly states that “the ideas behind this document seek to build on ideas from all parties and none” and also that “politicians across all parties and none can play their part”.

    That being so, Mary Lou should take up the invite.

  5. Kit

    What a pathetic bunch all of them
    Not one but two of the most disastrous threats to our country at the door and this carry on
    Brexit which can tear our people apart and Covid 19 that has the capacity to kill every old age pensioner and person with health problems

    We really deserve to be ruled directly by the EU

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