Sinn Féin steps up preparations for government of change

Sinn Féin TD Pearse Doherty has said that Sinn Féin are stepping up preparations to bring about a Government of Change.

Sinn Féin TD Pearse Doherty said: "Mary Lou McDonald met with the Secretary General of the Department of the Taoiseach and a follow up meeting will be held with our negotiations team."

That will be followed up by meetings with individual government Departments to begin the process of planning how Sinn Féin’s manifesto is turned into a Programme for Government.

"We are absolutely serious about bringing about a Government of Change, giving workers and families a break and we are serious about preparing for government," Doherty said.

He added: "Our first stage of engagements with government Departments will focus on the critical areas of housing, health and climate action. In addition to engaging with Departments, tomorrow we will step up our contacts with other parties and independents, and those conversations will continue over the coming days."

Sinn Féin won the elections on 8 February becoming the first party in the Republic of Ireland. "We want a government that builds homes, - said Doherty - cuts rents and freezes them; reduces the pension age to 65; gives workers and families a break and advances Irish Unity."