Tánaiste Leo Varadkar aligns the “Eurosceptic” Sinn Féin with Hungary’s Viktor Orban and the far right

Ireland would be “out of the tent” and its influence on EU decision-making would be reduced if Sinn Féin were 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 yesterday.

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 that Fine Gael would not bring Mary Lou McDonald’s party into government after the next election. “We’re not going to form a coalition with Sinn Féin, period,” he said.

Mr Varadkar added that the Sinn Féin-led government would amount 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 come out of the tent of normal mainstream parties: Viktor Orban in Hungary; possibly Mary Lou McDonald in Ireland; (and) if it happens, the new prime minister of the far-right 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 relapse into democratic and state-state EU politics . legal principles.

Mr Varadkar had to defend his earlier meeting with Mr Orban, who also took a tough stance on the EU migrant crisis.

The Tánaiste added 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.

In candid remarks to Fine Gael members in Cork South-West last month, he suggested this would be a “point of distinction” between his party and Fianna Fáil at the next general election, making it “more convenient” for people to vote for Vote Fine Gael. Speaking in Kilkenny yesterday, he added: “I think they might, I think they might 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.”

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 (when) the next election comes around – transfer pact or not – that Green Party voters and Fianna Fáil voters will be more likely to go to Fine Gael than to Sinn Féin or the extreme left and vice versa.”

https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/politics/tanaiste-leo-varadkar-aligns-eurosceptic-sinn-fein-with-hungarys-viktor-orban-and-the-far-right-41977735.html Tánaiste Leo Varadkar aligns the “Eurosceptic” Sinn Féin with Hungary’s Viktor Orban and the far right

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