A number of councillors in Cork have voiced their support for a campaign which aims to “defeat” the Programme for Government (PfG) negotiated by Fine Gael, the Green Party and Fianna Fáíl.
The Fairer Future campaign was launched by over 50 councillors and over 1,000 Fianna Fáil members around the country with three councillors in Cork publicly declaring their support for the group namely; Cllr Joe Carroll, Cllr Deirdre Kelly and Cllr Sean O’Donovan.
In a statement released on a new website to support the campaign, the group said that after nine years of Fine Gael rule that Ireland needs real change and they believe that the PfG will not deliver this.
“We’ve seen the reality of Fine Gael in Government and we don’t believe Fianna Fáil should sign up to a deal that means a continuation of the status quo on housing and rural life. This is not what people voted for,” the statement added.
Commenting on the launch of the campaign, Cllr Deirdre Kelly said: “We know that at our best Fianna Fáil can transform communities and the country in the interests of working people. We have done this before, and we can do it again, but we must first take a different approach than the one proposed in this deal.”
In a statement of support on the Fairer Future website, Cllr Sean O’Donovan said: “As a Fianna Fáil Councillor I wouldn't be in favour of a Fine Gael coalition. I think our values are different. Every party should have been spoken to and a National Government should be looked at."
Cllr Joe Carroll’s statement said: “To think that Fianna Fáil can only talk to Fine Gael is something that will destroy Fianna Fáil. We have spent four years propping up the government and have come out none the better."
Speaking to the Echo this week, Fianna Fáil TD Michael McGrath said there was no doubt that members of the Fianna Fail party will have a variety of concerns and he urged members to read the document with an open mind, adding that Fianna Fail had a very serious input into the document.
“We will be putting a lot of work in over the next week or so explaining the document to members,” Deputy McGrath said.
He admitted that it would be a “big step for many members in entering Government in this way” but said that the country does need a government.