Enda Kenny has been elected Taoiseach, with 59 votes in favour and 49 votes against, in the fourth Dáil vote since the General Election.
Voting against the election of Enda Kenny, Donegal Independent TD Thomas Pringle said he did so because he was opposed to the minority Government arrangement because it “supports the continuation of Fine Gael in power while allowing Fianna Fáil to control both sides of the house indefinitely.”
Mr Kenny, Fine Gael's first leader to be re-elected as taoiseach, thanked the 32nd Dáil for the trust it had placed in him.
His election today, he said, was in very different circumstances to five years ago when the country was in crisis.
Thomas Pringle said: “I’m opposed to the minority Government arrangement because it supports the continuation of Fine Gael in power while allowing Fianna Fáil to control both sides of the house indefinitely.”
Pringle explained: ‘‘The only natural situation would have been for Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil to go into Government together. All we’re seeing in the current arrangement is Fianna Fáil getting the best of both worlds as leader of the opposition with a hand over Fine Gael.”
“I also believe that Fianna Fáil cynically used water charges as a red line issue in negotiations as a mechanism to drive a hard bargain and maintain their dominance in opposition. While suspension of charges is a victory, Fianna Fáil’s flip flopping in the past means we can’t trust them not to re-introduce water charges,” claims Pringle.