Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald has indicated she will not rule out a coalition government with Fine Gael in the next general election.
appearing on The Late Late Show this evening, Ms. McDonald was asked what she thought of recent comments by Tánaiste Leo Varadkar that Fine Gael would not consider joining a coalition with her party.
She replied: “Unlike him, I would respect any vote by the Irish people and I really believe people should talk to each other.
“I mean it’s going to be a long time for Sinn Féin and Fine Gael to form a government. But what I’m saying is that you mustn’t stifle someone’s ability to respectfully acknowledge their democratic mandate and talk to them.”
When asked by host Ryan Tubridy, “Are you satisfied with the prospect of a Fianna Fáil-Sinn Féin alliance?”, she replied: “My best result, I think the best outcome for the election. The next election will be a new government without Fianna Fáil or Fine Gael for the first time in more than a century.”
“I think that’s amazing,” she said.
However, when asked if she would like to see an alliance between Sinn Féin and leftist parties, she said: “If like me, people believe it is a vivid choice, a choice. attractive choice, which we should do and if people vote in favor. that way, then yes, I will shake the heavens and the earth to rally that government together and lead it.”
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/television/mary-lou-mcdonald-indicates-she-wouldnt-rule-out-coalition-with-fine-gael-during-late-late-show-interview-42192331.html Mary Lou McDonald says she won’t rule out alliance with Fine Gael in Late Late Show interview