IRELAND would be “out of the tent” and its influence on EU decision-making would be reduced. Sinn Féin will be in government after the next elections, said Tánaiste Leo Varadkar.
r Varadkar launched a fresh attack on Mary Lou McDonald’s party at the start of the Fine Gael think-in in Kilkenny on Friday.
He sought to align Sinn Féin with Viktor Orban’s far-right government in Hungary and a potential far-right government in Italy. He said this would result in Ireland’s influence in the EU diminishing in the years to come.
Ahead of the resumption of the Dáil next week, Mr Varadkar again insisted Fine Gael would not support Ms McDonald’s party in government after the next election. “We will not form a coalition with SINn Féin, period,” he told reporters.
He said the Sinn Féin-led government was tantamount to a far-left Eurosceptic party representing Ireland in Europe.
“Remember, if Mary Lou became Taoiseach, there would only be three potential prime ministers who would emerge from the tent of normal mainstream parties: Viktor Orban in Hungary, possibly Mary Lou McDonald in Ireland, and when it happens, the new Far – Prime Minister of the right-wing party in Italy,” he said.
“It’s so serious. Instead of being in the heart of Europe with a pro-European government, a government invited to the pre-meetings, to the de-meetings, sitting there in the tents when decisions are made, we would have a Eurosceptic government and our influence would be reduced. “
Mr Orban’s Fidesz party was previously a member of the European People’s Party, the European grouping of which Fine Gael is a part, but resigned last year ahead of its likely expulsion caused by years of tensions over Hungary’s backsliding to the EU’s democratic and rule of law principles .
Mr Varadkar also previously had to defend a meeting with Mr Orban, who also took a tough stance on the EU migrant crisis.
On Friday, Mr Varadkar said that far-right, far-left or populist policies “bring misery everywhere in the world” and that if Sinn Féin came to power it would “ruin our economy, the pie will be smaller for everyone, wealth.” , jobs and investment would leave the country’ and Ireland would no longer be ‘at the heart of the European Union’.
Meanwhile, the Fine Gael leader declined to respond to recent comments about a private gathering of party members in Cork at which he suggested Fianna Fáil could go into government with Sinn Féin.
“I think they could, I think they could not, based on the Taoiseach’s comments, but I cannot speak for him and I will not speak for him, it is up to him and other people in Fianna Fáil to answer that question respond. ” he said.
He expressed confidence that Fine Gael could benefit from transfers from Fianna Fáil and the Greens at the next general election to increase the total number of Dáil seats.
“What generally happens is that if you’re in a coalition with other parties, when that government ends – unless it ends badly – you make better transfers from your coalition partner.”
He added: “I would hope that when the next election comes around – transfer pact or not – that Green Party and Fianna Fáil voters will go to Fine Gael rather than Sinn Fein or the far left and vice versa.”
https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/politics/leo-varadkar-claims-sinn-fein-in-government-would-be-like-far-right-parties-in-europe-41975777.html Leo Varadkar claims Sinn Féin in government would be like far-right parties in Europe