Varadkar again rules out coalition deal with Sinn Féin

TUS Athlone hosts 81st FG Ard Fheis

Tainaiste Leo Varadkar get a standing ovation as enters the 81st Fine Gael Ard Fheis in TUS, Athlone for his Leader’s address. Photo:Andrew Downes, xposure

Addressing the 81st Fine Gael Ard Fheis at TUS Athlone on Saturday last, Tánaiste Leo Vardadkar praised Taoiseach Micheál Martin for his leadership – while reiterating his opposition to any future coalition with Sinn Féin.

The Tánaiste said Mr. Martin “has been a voice for decency, kindness and common sense” through the later stages of the pandemic and the war in Ukraine, and “Fine Gael thank him”.

However, Mr. Varadkar said Sinn Féin was the clearest manifestation in Ireland of rising populism and nationalism in the world.

Raising the prospect of any future coalition with the party, he said “No. No way…not a chance”.

The Tánaiste discussed topics such as justice, tax, climate change, childcare costs, and housing at the event which was the first in-person Fine Gael Ard Fheis since 2019 due to Covid-19.

Motions on the night included Galway East Constituency Executive calling for the removal of the concrete block levy while the Ballinasloe branch called for the reopening of Shannonbridge and Lanesboro power stations.