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Young Fine Gael calls into question Fianna Fáil ability to govern - News - Young Fine Gael

Young Fine Gael calls into question Fianna Fáil ability to govern

Speaking on the decision by Senator Averil Power to resign from the Fianna Fáil Parliamentary Party yesterday, the President of Young Fine Gael, Padraig O'Sullivan, has called into question Fianna Fáil's ability to hold a position in government. 

The YFG President was quoted as saying "The ineffective showing by Fianna Fáil on the recent Marriage Equality Referendum highlights the weakness within the party to take a firm stance on topical issues. This was clear in that Fianna Fáil posters supporting the campaign were nowhere to be seen nationally, despite a strong presence from other political parties such as Fine Gael. Indeed, despite officially supporting a yes vote, many of the party's national representatives refused to indicate their preference in the referendum, and some, such as Deputy John McGuinness openly supported a no vote in the campaign."
"This ineffective showing by Fianna Fáil  on the referendum has culminated in the resignation of the liberal minded Senator Averil Power, and leaves the party with just one Female representative in the Oireachtas. This, along with accusations that Senator Power resigned for politically motivated reasons, has seriously called into question the leadership skills of the party leader Michael Martin in providing a solid platform which Fianna Fáil can deliver on ahead of the next General Election. It is difficult to see how the Fianna Fáil leader expects the Irish people to have confidence in his ability to be Taoiseach, given that many members of his own parliamentary party do not appear to hold such confidence in his leadership and are so keen to highlight a viewpoint contrary to the party's official stance." 
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