Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has rejected claims he has signed up to a ‘cowardice-and-surrender’ deal with Fine Gael which risks destroying his party after a colleague hit out at the spring 2020 confidence and supply deal extension.
Mr Martin defended the criticism, by insisting the deepening Brexit crisis had left him with no other option than to put the country first, after Deputy John McGuinness said the deal risks putting the party “in a straitjacket”.
After Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil confirmed midweek the extension of the agreement, Mr McGuinness said the decision ignores the pressing issues facing ‘real people’ in Ireland.
He told RTE Radio’s Today with Sean O’Rourke programme “this deal puts us in a straitjacket – it is not the right kind of politics” and further claimed “people will feel abandoned by the party”if implemented.
In a later exchange on social media website Twitter, Mr McGuinness warned the party leader: “the deal you did is now b