Belfast Telegraph

Coalition 'will not deliver change'

Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams said he did not believe that the incoming Irish government would deliver any change as Fine Gael and Labour tried to seal a coalition deal.

"It seems to us that what you're going to get, whoever forms the government, is a Fianna Fail budget being implemented," he said.

"These parties are both committed to continuing what we think are very, very bad policies."

The leaders of Fine Gael and Labour have met for a second time before negotiation teams go head-to-head to crack a deal on coalition government.

Taoiseach-designate Enda Kenny and Eamon Gilmore held a second meeting in Leinster House with both sides accepting a weekend deadline for an agreement.

As the meeting was taking place, Mr Adams said: "Whoever forms the government we wish them well. We will be supportive. We will be very constructive. We won't be in opposition for the sake of it.

"But we will also fight tooth and nail on those issues that are important to citizens right across this island, but particularly in terms of the Universal Social Charge - it should go.

"There needs to be a new budget. There is 30.6 billion euros gifted to banks which all the parties agree are going to be closed. That just doesn't make sense at all to us."

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