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FF in vote against FG coalition
25 Apr 2015 12:12
The Fianna Fáil party has passed a motion that gives a commitment that it will not go into government with Fine Gael after the next General Election.
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Four delegates spoke about the motion from the Kevin Barry Cumann in Dublin Bay North before a small crowd in the Minerva Suite in the RDS this morning.
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The party has also passed a motion that it will not go into government as a minority party after the next General Election.
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One long-time member said Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael differ too much in areas such as education.
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She said the party should wait for a few elections before returning to government and the party should concentrate on "responsible Opposition."
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Another member labelled Fine Gael "an ultra right-wing organisation".
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He said the party has just gone through the most difficult period in its history and coalition with Fine Gael would be the "final nail in the Fianna Fáil coffin" and mark the "death knell" for the party.
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Other delegates said it was "premature" to discuss coalition options before the election. One delegate from Offaly said it was "arrogance beyond belief" to discuss coalition options before the people have their say on Election Day.
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The motion was passed with a show of hands.
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Up to 3,000 delegates are expected to gather at the RDS in Dublin today for the 76th Fianna Fáil Ard Fheis.
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Fianna Fáil members voted last night to change how their party leader is elected giving party members, senators, MEPs and councillors a say in the next leadership contest.
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Although party leader Micheál Martin insisted this would not be his last Ard Fheis as leader.
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