Labour chief whip Emmet Stagg has said publicly that he can foresee his party linking up in a coalition government with Sinn Féin sometime in the future, reports the Irish Times.

“I am very happy that Sinn Féin has stopped killing people and has taken up normal politics. They have done that and are entitled to the respect that their mandate gives them," said the Kildare North TD.

“I could foresee Sinn Féin and the Labour Party joining together in some form. There is no reason to believe that that would not be the case, particularly if the social democrats in Sinn Féin continue to hold the upper hand.

“They are a broad church [like any party but] I would see that as a real possibility in the future.”

Stagg's comments were made in the context of arguments made recently by Fianna Fail TD Mary O'Rourke for a Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil coalition after the next election.

However, Minister of State for Finance Brian Hayes of Fine Gael and Fianna Fail's Michael McGrath have both said they would not be in favor of the proposed coalition.

Sinn Fein also demurred saying Labour needed to leave the coalition government to have any credibility.

Emmet Stagg of the Labour partyGoogle Images