‘The election is coming’: Fianna Fáil’s impatience for government
Few of those at today’s Fianna Fáil ardfheis in Citywest want to wait much longer
Micheál Martin: “When you strip it all back . . . he has made the right call on all the big issues and he has excelled in all the elections,” said one frontbencher. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins
Barry Cowen: “We have to stick with [the confidence and supply arrangement] in the national interest,” he says, adding that the party is making “steady progress without being spectacular”. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill
Barry Andrews during Fianna Fail’s selection convention for the Dublin constituency which he won for the forthcoming European Parliament elections. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins
“What the f**k is Daly at?” asked a Fine Gael TD as he observed his colleague, junior minister Jim Daly, in full flow on Wednesday evening. During the otherwise uneventful debate on the motion of no confidence in Minister for Health Simon Harris, Daly directed his ire not at Sinn Féin, who had tabled the motion, but towards Fianna Fáil.
“We spend the cost of one children’s hospital ever four months servicing interest on debt from the mismanagement of the economy when members opposite were in charge of the purse strings.”