Fine Gael Leader Leo Varadkar and former Senior Minister Michael Ring
“Any minister whose main focus is their own constituency is actually neglecting most of the country so ministers must have a national remit and that’s the way I would certainly expect all ministers to think.”
A statement from Leo Varadkar earlier this week apparently directed at Mayo Fine Gal TD Michael Ring, who lost his role as a Senior Minister under the new three-party government arrangement..
“I don’t know what he meant by that comment but… if any other minister did more for Ireland and for rural Ireland….You ask the councillors around the country, you can ask the elected representatives, ask the communities what I’ve done for them…
“I will look after Mayo and I make no apologies for looking after Mayo. The people of Mayo gave me 15,000 votes and elected me on the first count, the only Fine Gael TD in the country that was elected on the first count.
Leo Varadkar got 8,000 votes and it took him five counts to get elected. Between himself and Paschal Donohoe, they got 12,000 votes and I beat the two of them put together. So I make no apology for representing the people.”
Michael Ring in conversation with Midwest Radio news editor Theresa O’Malley
Fine Gael has given a resounding backing to the programme for Government will all groups within the party voting in favour of entering a coalition with Fianna Fáil and the Green Party.
Overall 80% backed the programme which will pave the way for a government that would be led by the Fianna Fáil leader for the first two-and-a-half years of its term in office.
Fine Gael HQ, Mount Street, Dublin 2.
Party workers count votes to see if Fine Gael members want to enter government with Fianna Fáil and The Green Party.
The Clayton Hotel, Dublin 2
Fianna Fáil workers count ballots, from their party’s membership on the Programme for Government.
The wait will be a little longer. I have just heard that @greenparty_ie will not be in a position to announce the result of the vote until 8pm as the validation of votes took a little longer than expected. @IrishTimes
Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government, Eoghan Murphy TD, talk to the media while they visit the HSE Dublin Covid 19 response hub last April
Should a FF/FG/Green coalition take office…
Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy is not expected to be a senior or junior minister in a new coalition government between Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael and the Green Party….
…Fine Gael is expected to take the Department of Justice while Fianna Fáil will take the Department of Housing. Fine Gael will also take Finance and Foreign Affairs and it is also expected it will take the Department of Jobs.
The Department of Children will become the Department of Children, Disability and Equality and a new Department of Climate, Energy, Transport and Natural Resources will be created
The latter is expected to go to Green Party leader Eamon Ryan. A junior ministry responsible for roads is expected to be allocated to either Fianna Fáil or Fine Gael….
Fianna Fáil leader Mícheál Martin and Fine Gael leader Leo Varadkar during the final TV leaders’ debate of Election 2020 in February; from a joint framework document containing 10 key ‘missions’ published by FF and FG for potential coalition
Jennifer Bray, in The Irish Times, reports:
Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael have published a joint framework document for potential coalition which contains 10 key “missions” and says the “overriding focus” of the two parties is to improve the “wellbeing” of Irish people and society.
The 10 pillars are: Reigniting and Renewing the Economy; Universal Healthcare; Housing for All; A New Social Contract; A New Green Deal; A Better Quality of Life for All; Supporting Young Ireland; Opportunities through Education and Research; A Shared Island; At the Heart of Europe: Global Citizenship.
“To assess the performance of a new government, we must look beyond economic indicators,” it says. “We will create new, credible, quality-of-life measures of individual and societal wellbeing and progress.”