TUV's Jim Allister hits out at parties over Sinn Fein Dail coalition snub
TUV leader Jim Allister has accused Fine Gael and Fianna Fail of double standards for ruling out a coalition government with Sinn Fein.
Mr Allister said it was jarring that the Taoiseach was in Belfast celebrating Sinn Fein's return to government, while Fine Gael refused to share power with it in Dublin.
Leo Varadkar has pledged not to form a coalition with Sinn Fein under any circumstances after the next Dail election.
Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin yesterday adopted the same position and said he didn't trust Sinn Fein.
Mr Allister said: "Leo Varadkar and Micheal Martin wouldn't have a Shinner about the place in Dublin, but they insist we can't have a government without them.
"It is a huge contradiction that they don't practise what they preach and they need to change the record regarding mandatory coalition in Northern Ireland."
Both the Taoiseach and the Fianna Fail leader recognised Sinn Fein "for what they are and the instability they bring", the TUV leader said.
"They have the unmitigated cheek to insist that we do here what they would never be prepared to do," he added.
"Leo Varadkar has never been called a bigot for refusing to sit in government with Sinn Fein. Yet those of us who share the very same position here are branded as the ultimate bigots."
Sinn Fein president Mary Lou McDonald also accused Fine Gael and Fianna Fail of double standards on the issue.
"If Sinn Fein can govern in partnership with the DUP, with people that we still have profound political differences with... how on earth is it logical to then say Sinn Fein isn't good enough to be in government in the south?" she told RTE.