“At what stage will Sinn Féin public representatives realise that 25% of the vote is not, and will never be a majority, and that the only way to form a government in Ireland is to secure the support of at least 81 TDs,” asked Fianna Fáil MEP, Billy Kelleher.

Kelleher was commenting after yet another day of pontificating from Sinn Féin TDs, Senators, Councillors and supporters in which they claim that some party or group of parties is blocking them from entering government.

“Let me be very clear: no one has a divine right to be in government in this Republic. We fight elections and either a party or a coalition of parties secures 50% plus 1 of the seats in Dáil Éireann. That is how you form a government, not by running fake news online campaigns designed to pull the wool over the Irish people.

“This reminds me of the 1980s and early 1990s when Sinn Féin claimed to speak on behalf of the Irish people when it came to their campaign of violence yet they secured less than 5% in the Republic and no more than 10% in the North.

“I’m sick to my back teeth of the persistent moaning from Sinn Féin. They seem to believe that their votes and their voters carry more weight. Every vote is equal, and every TD is equal.

“Sinn Féin got a mandate but so too did Fianna Fáil. We elected the most TDs to Dáil Éireann, and we have negotiated an ambitious programme for government with Fine Gael and the Green Party.

“This partnership represents 50% of all voters in February’s election and a majority of the TDs in Dáil Éireann. This is the only metric that counts when it comes to forming a government. We have fulfilled our responsibility, and now we must get on with the job of forming a government. I would call on all Fianna Fáil members to vote yes on entering into government and electing Micheál Martin TD as our next Taoiseach,” concluded Kelleher.