JOHN MC GUINNESS MEETS ENDA KENNY IN DUBLIN FOR GOVERNMENT TALKS/.
Fine Gael leader Enda Kenny had a lengthy talk with Kilkenny deputy John McGuinness about the formation of the next government.
The conversation is understooid to be the first time caretaker Taoiseach Kenny has spoken in some detail about the formation of the next government with a member of the Fianna Fail parliamentary party.
The Kilkenny Journal had reported exclusively that Mr. McGuinness favours a full partnership government between Fianna Fail and Fine Gael in which he would figure as a senior cabinet minister, preferably in Jobs and Enterprise , and this meeting confirmed our special report.
The meeting , which the Sunday Independent reports today, happened on the street outside Leinster House on Wednesday night last. Both men are friends over the years so John McGuinness makes a good contact man. for those FF forces favouring coalition, though the meeting was neither pre-arranged or sanctioned by either party.
However onlookers and eye witnesses said that the two spoke at length about the possibility of forming a grand coalition between their respective parties.
Mr. McGuinness encountered Mr. Kenny and former FG TD Tom Barry of Cork near Merrion Square in Dublin city centre. About ten minutes after McGuinness arrived Barry went off to leave the two politicians speak for a significant length of time.
"Clearly they were discussing the future of Irish politics as a result of the general election" , an onlooker told the Sunday Independent. Mr. McGuinness is a very pragmatic member of the Fianna Fail party who sees the election result as an opportunity. However his pragmatism is not shared by the majority of his party who are wary of Sinn Fein opportunism.
Fianna Fail leader Micheal martin is more concerned with the future of the party down the road, as is his duty, rather than seizing the trappings of office just now as McGuinness is. McGuinness argues that politics is about power and opportunity while others more purist such as Eamon Ui Cuiv warn of the dangers of surrendering the party to greed and mammon. In Kilkenny the old saying goes that, "there is the Fianna fail party and the McGuinness party".
Asked about his meeting with McGuinness a spokesperson for Enda Kenny said that , "Fine Gael talks to everybody. " We believe that those TDs in Fianna fail who favour a full coalition government will now start to move over to McGuinness while the purists like Willie O'Dea and Eamon Ui Cuiv will back leader Micheal Martin to the hilt.