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McNamara in talks with Fianna Fáil and Sinn Féin

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As negotiations continue surrounding the formation of the next Irish Government, Clare TD, Michael McNamara (IND) has confirmed he is to meet with both Sinn Féin and Fianna Fáil.

On Tuesday night, McNamara met with Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin alongside fellow Independents Marian Harkin and Michael Fitzmaurice.

“It was agreed that health, housing, agriculture and regional development imbalance were the biggest issues facing the country and the next Government. I pointed out Shannon Airport was a stark manifestation of that imbalance,” McNamara outlined on Wednesday morning. They agreed to meet with Fianna Fáil’s negotiating team next week.

McNamara is to sit down with members of Sinn Féin later this week “with a view to exploring what role I may be able to play in supporting the formation of the next Government”.

He added, “My support for any Party is conditional on the best interests of Clare and the country being represented. Fine Gael to date, has not expressed any real desire to support the formation of a new Government”.

Páraic McMahon is Head of News & Sport with The Clare Echo. The Newmarket-on-Fergus native also writes for national papers including The Irish Examiner, The Irish Independent and The Irish Times along with doing work for RTÉ, Today FM, TheJournal.ie and The42.ie. A graduate of Mary Immaculate College, Páraic was previously employed by The Clare Herald and Clare FM. If you have a story, tip or some feedback for him then send an email to - paraic@clareecho.ie

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