Responding to media reports this morning, Fianna Fáil Leader Micheál Martin TD commented, “I have made it clear on many occasions that Fianna Fáil will not be entering coalition with Sinn Féin after the general election.

“Sinn Fein posturing ahead of elections is nothing new and should be dismissed as such.  The party’s policy platform and its way of doing business are incompatible with Fianna Fáil. The Sinn Féin economic policy is anti-jobs and their taxation policy would hit working people.

“This story should also be dismissed as it fits in to a particular party political agenda. Fine Gael started this nonsense months ago to suit their own electoral agenda.

“This government is working towards a two tier recovery and a two tier Ireland in which too many people are being left behind.  People want a new government to ensure a recovery for all.

“Fianna Fáil’s position is clear, we are competing to lead the next government and we will campaign on the need for a fairer society and to bring the recovery to all regions of the country.”