Having survived an attempted leadership coup last week, Enda Kenny was in Belfast today. The BBC reports that the Fine Gael leader again ruled out any possibility of his party forming a coalition government with Sinn Féin because the Provisional IRA army council has not been ‘stood down’. Gerry Adams is “hugely” offended. From the BBC report
The Fine Gael leader Enda Kenny has again said he would not share power with Sinn Fein because the IRA army council has not been stood down.
Mr Kenny is in NI for a series of meetings with business and political leaders including Gerry Adams.
Mr Adams has dismissed as “hugely offensive” the remarks by Mr Kenny.
The Sinn Fein president said his party would not consider sharing power with Fine Gael as nationalists did not trust them on the “national question”.
An earlier RTÉ report also noted
Mr Kenny said he would be telling Gerry Adams and Martin McGuinness of Sinn Féin of his deep concern that in the Republic there was only one army (that was fundamental to the Constitution) and there was no need for any party to have an army council.
This was one of the reasons, along with Sinn Féin’s economic policy, why he would not be willing to go into government with Sinn Féin (as he said in a Late Late show interview earlier this year).