Fine Gael TD calls on Harkin to clarify her position on government

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Fine Gael TD calls on  Harkin to clarify her position on government

Deputy Marian Harkin

It is time for Marian Harkin to "clarify her position on going into Government as the electorate deserve to know", a Fine Gael TD has said.

Limerick Fine Gael TD, Deputy Patrick O’Donovan, is asking why certain members of the 33rd Dáil are running away from responsibility now that the time has come for Government formation.

Deputy O’Donovan said: “Certain TDs have been sitting on the side-lines as we approach the first sitting of the 33rd Dáil and it is simply not good enough. It is time for TDs like Marian Harkin, as well as Independent and Hard Left members in other constituencies of the 33rd Dáil to clarify their position on going into Government.

“Where do Independent TDs like Mick Barry, the Healy Raes and Thomas Pringle stand?

“What is the position of the Social Democrats’ Leaders Róisín Shortall and Catherine Murphy?

“Sinn Féin say they want a Government of the left; they now have the opportunity to create one. Why the radio silence from their would-be partners in Government?

“Hard Left TDs like Richard Boyd Barrett, Paul Murphy, Joan Collins and Bríd Smith have the opportunity to form the socialist utopia they’ve been waxing lyrical about in the Dáil for years. Why aren’t they stepping up to the plate now? Are they running away from responsibility?

“The electorate deserve to know where their local TDs stand on this matter. I am calling on Deputy Harkin to clarify her position,” he concluded.