Belfast Telegraph

Friday 25 April 2014

Sinn Fein vow to pressure Labour

Sinn Fein TD Aengus O'Snodaigh said Fine Gael and Labour would be strange bedfellows

A Sinn Fein TD has warned Labour they face a tough time from his party if they join Fine Gael on the government benches.

Aengus O'Snodaigh said Labour and Fine Gael were not suited.

"The Labour Party in particular have sold themselves as a friend of the working people. If they go into bed with Fine Gael then they will be very, very strange bedfellows and we will see what policies they introduce," he said.

"And we will tackle them on the ground and in the Dail on every one of those policies."

Sinn Fein president Mary Lou McDonald has again ruled out working with Fine Gael to form its own coalition pact.

"The people who voted for us and the mandate we have is very clearly a mandate to stand up against an administration, whoever is in it, that insists that the burden of the economic calamity would be put on the backs of people on low incomes," she said.

"The idea that you could cosy up to Fine Gael to do some kind of a deal... just wouldn't be a runner."

Ms McDonald said she expected party president Gerry Adams, who won a seat in Co Louth, to lead the party in the Dail.

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