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Ring and Calleary say 2019 general election unlikely


Edwin McGreal

Two Mayo TDs have said a general election in 2019 is unlikely due to ongoing concerns over Brexit.
Minister Michael Ring (Fine Gael) and Fianna Fáil Deputy Leader Dara Calleary were speaking after the local elections in Mayo this weekend.
Calleary said that Fianna Fáil wanted to provide ‘stability’ in their confidence-and-supply agreement with the Fine Gael-led minority government, warning that the resignation of British Prime Minister Theresa May brought a hard Brexit ‘closer than we ever have been’.
“A hard Brexit would mean huge challenges for Mayo, in terms of food, industry and employment, in terms of our multinationals, in terms of our agriculture. Stability is the most important thing to get the country through this … We’ve given the guarantee of stability and that’s subject to negotiation, and the budget is part of that negotiation. Budget negotiations will get underway now; it is not a blank cheque either.
“There have been a lot of issues of concern raised with us in the last few weeks on the doors in terms of general rural neglect, lack of investment in towns. Clearly the message from yesterday about the climate is that this is a climate emergency, people want action on it and are telling us to get our act together on it. That has to be heeded and listened to, so there is a lot of work to do. We’re going to keep the Government on their toes,” he said.
Speaking on Monday night after leaving a Cabinet meeting, Minister for Rural and Community Development Michael Ring argued the time was not right either for a general election in 2019.
“The decision about the general election is in the hands of the Taoiseach, and it is also in the hands of Fianna Fáil. I want to compliment Fianna Fáil for their support of the Government. We’re at a difficult time in this country with Brexit, and I don’t think the people of Ireland would thank us if we went and had a general election now,” he said.