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Talks latest: Labour could go back into government with Fine Gael

The party has said that it is one of three options being considered.
Apr 16th 2016, 1:17 PM 21,301 178

THE LABOUR PARTY could potentially go back into government with Fine Gael.

Speaking today, a spokesperson for the party said that it was considering this as an option.

“It would be one of a range of options in front of us,” the spokesperson told TheJournal.ie. 

This has only arisen because Fianna Fáil have failed to take on their responsibility, and as a result it is up to Fine Gael and smaller parties with perhaps ourselves included in that.

The spokesperson went on to clarify that the party is also considering supporting a Fine Gael minority from the opposition benches or staying in opposition.

Any decision to go back into government with Fine Gael would have to be approved by a Labour Party delegate conference, which would have to be called were it being considered.

In the first vote for Taoiseach Labour backed Fine Gael nominee Enda Kenny and voted against Sinn Féin’s Gerry Adams and Fianna Fáil’s Micheál Martin.  

In the two subsequent votes they abstained from voting for acting Taoiseach Kenny and voted against Adams and Martin.

Speaking on RTÉ’s Saturday with Claire Byrne programme, acting Labour minister for communications Alex White – who lost his seat in the general election – said that his party are “not involved in those discussions between Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil” which might be taking place this weekend.

He went on to say: “This story has not even got off the ground.”

Read: No to Enda, no to Micheál: Dáil fails to elect Taoiseach for a third time

Also: Fianna Fáil ‘will reject’ Enda’s offer for a partnership government

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