MEMBERS of both Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael in Cork South West voted overwhelmingly to back the Programme for Government last weekend.
Fianna Fáil party members voted 73.58% in favour of forming a government and just 26.42% voted against the proposal.
Cork South West TD Christopher O’Sullivan told The Southern Star that those high figures demonstrated the desire among members for a government to be formed first and foremost in what are extraordinary times.
‘Also there’s a lot of important legislation that needs to be passed and I think the members took a pragmatic approach that a government needed to be formed,’ said Deputy O’Sullivan.
‘I know for a lot of people it would have been difficult but they still did it in the national interest. I feel it was an endorsement for me, too, as it’s a huge opportunity having a government TD in Cork South West and I hope they would have seen the potential benefits of that.’
Meanwhile, Fine Gael party members in Cork South West voted 70% in favour of the Programme for Government, but a spokesperson for The Green Party said that no details of their members’ votes are available. ‘We didn’t collect that kind of information. It was all anonymised,’ said the spokesperson.