SINN FEIN BEGINS TALKS WITH INDEPENDENTS ABOUT FORMING A GOVERNMENT
Sinn Féin has it has begun talks with independent TDs about potentially forming a new government.
But the party has again ruled out any prospect of entering a coalition alongside Fine Gael or Fianna Fáil.
The party’s deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald, says even if either party proposed a programme for government Sinn Féin could support, it couldn’t believe that the programme would be implemented.
And she says the public has now given a clear demand for water charges to be abolished permanently;
“If Fianna Fail think that they’re going to cod anybody, that they as the party who, who initiated water charges have suddenly you know come to…some conversion in their views, they’re not going to convince anyone of that, likewise Fine Gael” she said
“…what’s happened here is that the people have spoken” she added.