“We’re taking nothing for granted,”says FF leader as members vote on deal 

“We’re taking nothing for granted,”says FF leader as members vote on deal 

The Fianna Fáíl leader has stressed that it is “too soon” to be congratulatory and to start calling him a Taoiseach, or a Taoiseach in waiting, acknowledging that there is a challenge ahead in gaining support for the Government deal.

Yesterday, Fianna Fáíl, Fine Gael and the Green Party agreed a new Programme for Government, which, if accepted, will see Deputy Martin become the next Taoiseach.

The parliamentary parties have supported the deal but party members will now be balloted on whether or not to accept it.

Speaking to Neil Prendeville on Red Fm this morning Deputy Micheál Martin acknowledged that work would be needed to persuade party members to support the deal.

“We’re taking nothing for granted within our own party,” Deputy Martin said.

The Fianna Fáíl leader said members of the parliamentary party are engaging with the membership on the ground and trying to persuade people to vote for the deal.

“I'm sure this is going on in the other parties as well,” he added.

Yesterday, more than 1,000 party members and 50 councillors launched a campaign called a "Fairer Future" to "defeat" the deal. 

Meanwhile, the Fianna Fáíl leader said that if he does become Taoiseach, he will be a “Taoiseach for the entire country” and said the Government will look after the whole nation. 

However, he highlighted how the Programme for Government commits to developing Cork, amongst other cities, as viable alternatives to Dublin. 

The Cork TD said that some of his key priorities will be to reduce waiting lists in hospitals, and ensure children with special needs have better access to services such as occupational therapy and physiotherapy in schools.

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