Mr Martin warned of ‘no Plan B’ if the draft programme for government is voted down this week, saying if the document is rejected, it will leave parties in “uncharted territory”.
Fine Gael, Fianna Fáil, and the Green Party have been balloting their respective members to back the document, which took some five weeks to put together. The outcome of the membership votes among the parties will be announced on Friday.
Ó Laoghaire labelled the commentary as “alarmist”, and said that his party will be “ready and prepared to fight” in an election if the programme is not passed.
“People talking about political crisis; I don’t consider an election to be a political crisis,” said the Cork South Central TD. “Obviously if that happened we would be ready and prepared to fight in an election, but as far as we’re concerned, if this [programme for government] does not succeed, then we will be ready and picking up the phone to other parties.”
“We don’t think that what’s in the programme for government represents the radical change that people need to see and we don’t believe that it will deliver.