NED PLEDGES SUPPORT NO MATTER WHAT
Local Fianna Fail TD, Ned O’Keeffe this week confirmed that he would support the Government no matter what was contained in the up coming budget.
Speaking to journalists, Deputy O’Keeffe welcomed the announcement that a general election would take place in January after the budget has been passed and a four year plan for the recovery of the economy outlined.
“I have said before that the policies outlined by the Minister for Finance Brian Lenihan are not what is needed for the country. NAMA is not working and my biggest fear that the IMF would intervene has taken place, therefore I am calling on the Taoiseach to call an election,” Deputy O’Keeffe said.
However, while disagreeing with the economic policies of the Minister for Finance Deputy, O’Keeffe said that he would support the Fianna Fail party no matter what the up coming budget contained.
“I will continue to support the party and Taoiseach Brian Cowen,” he concluded.
Deputy O’Keeffe’s constituency colleague, Michael Ahern told The Avondhu that he would be supporting the party and voting in favor of the budget. However, Deputy Ahern would not be drawn as to whether Brian Cowen would lead Fianna Fail in the up coming election.
“The Fianna Fail Party has my full support and it is imperative that the budget is passed before an election is called,” Deputy Ahern said.
Asked if the Taoiseach would continue to have his support as leader of the party in the up coming election Deputy Ahern replied that he had no comment at this time. Four year plan Meanwhile, Fianna Fail rebel Deputy Mattie McGrath also wants to see the budget and a four year plan outlined before an election.
“We need to get the budget passed first and we need to outline a four year plan before an election. I would like to see all of this completed first and then go to the people some time in January,” Deputy McGrath said.
Opposition parties are now calling on the Government not to wait unit January but to hold the election immediately. Labour party Deputy Sean Sherlock said the electorate should be able to vote in a new government as early as next month.
“Fianna Fail has made a mess of the country; they have crippled the economy and brought national morale to an unprecedented low. We need a general election before Christmas and then with a new government we can move on and get the country sorted out and moving forward,” Deputy Sherlock said.
Thursday 25th November 5:42pm