'Fianna Fail and Fine Gael coalition is slap in face to those who voted for change - says Aslan's Christy Dignam
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'Fianna Fail and Fine Gael coalition is slap in face to those who voted for change - says Aslan's Christy Dignam

ASLAN star Christy Dignam has claimed that the prospect of a Fianna Fail and Fine Gael coalition government is a slap in the face to anyone who voted for change in the Irish general election back in February.

The singer has suggested that because Sinn Fein won the popular vote - despite not securing enough seats to win a majority - it seems wrong that the next government wouldn't include them at all.

"I don't think it's cool," Dignam told the Irish Mirror.

"The whole country made a stance and said 'listen we've had these governments of Fine Gael and Fianna Fail since the state began and we are sick of it'."

"We need a f*****g change, we need something different and we demand something different.

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"And that's what people did. They went out and voted Sinn Fein and that's why I voted Sinn Fein.

"So now, them forming a government of the two parties that people rejected, you know it's like a slap in the face."

Ever since the general election, the major parties have been informally discussing the prospect of a coalition government, which has been made all the more difficult with the Covid-19 pandemic and subsequent restrictions on movement and social distancing.

It appears likely that Fine Gael together with Fianna Fail and the Green Party will iron out a deal to form the next government, leaving Sinn Fein out in the cold, despite securing more votes than any other party in February's election.

"What was the point of us having a general election?" Dignam continued.

Despite the singer's frustrations, many have suggested - including Taoiseach Leo Varadkar - that while Sinn Fein won the popular vote, it could be argued that the majority of Irish people voted to keep Mary Lou McDonald's party out of government.

Without securing a majority, things get a little tricky.

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