Micheál Martin has told the Dáil today “business as usual is not acceptable”. While criticising Taoiseach Leo Varadkar’s government for being complacent on key issues such as housing, Mr Martin said: “The chaos will not spread here from London… The national interest will come first.” The details of the arrangement will still have to be negotiated but the Fianna Fáil leader said his party will help pass a budget next year. He indicated an election would then take place in early 2020. Mr Martin said under normal times there would be an immediate election – but “these are not normal times and Ireland is immediately confronted with one of the biggest threats in many decades”. He noted that a lengthy election campaign was likely to result in months of negotiations before a new government is formed. And on that basis he was publicly offering an “unprecedented” level of stability for a minority government. He said it was a tough decision but the “right one for Ireland”. Speaking about the chaotic scenes emerging from Westminster, Mr Martin said: “This period of growing chaos and uncertainty is not one we can assume comes to an end by March 29.” And he insisted… Read full this story
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