FG asks 'decent FF people' for votes


Fine Gael is not offering its supporters any advice on transfers to other parties and has made a direct appeal to “decent Fianna Fáil people” to lend their votes to the party.

In the party’s final press conference, leader Enda Kenny said voters would make up their own minds about how to distribute their preferences.

“We set out our stall before this election as being a party that was paddling our own canoe here without any platform with any other party and that remains through to this election,” Mr Kenny said.

Asked if Fine Gael was implicitly telling supporters it was okay to transfer to like-minded Independents rather than the Labour Party, Mr Kenny said that was not the case. “No it’s very clear advice here. We say to people we’re not giving any instruction beyond voting for the Fine Gael ticket.”

Director of elections Phil Hogan made the direct appeal to “decent Fianna Fáil people” who were “appalled by the state of our country” to lend their votes to Fine Gael to give strong and stable government.

“We are simply seeking the maximum endorsement for our five-point proposition, without any directives to our supporters about transfers to other parties,” Mr Hogan said. “On Friday the people of Ireland will decide what government they wish to have but I’m calling on them to vote Fine Gael number one, and to continue their subsequent preferences for the entire Fine Gael team in that constituency.”

The party also announced its plan for Fine Gael’s first 100 days in power if elected to government. Ministers would be directed to avoid constituency work and focus entirely on their new portfolios.

All non-executive bank directors who, before September 2008, sat on the boards of banks which are now in State control would be replaced. At least 20 State bodies would be abolished. Ambassadors would be recalled for a briefing on marketing Ireland and restoring the State’s international reputation.