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Just one in 10 Irish voters back Fianna Fail, Fine Gael and independent Government



Just one in 10 voters back a proposed new Government of Fianna Fail, Fine Gael and a wedge of regional independent TDs.

The option has emerged as a frontrunner in talks after the Green Party appeared to rule out a grand coalition with the former civil war rivals.

A Sunday Times Behaviour and Attitudes poll showed the most popular choice of Government is a Sinn Fein-led, left wing coalition. it is backed by 29 percent of voters but is well short of a Dail majority of 80 seats.

Around 21 percent support a Fianna Fail, Fine Gael, Green adminstration. However sources say the Greens will pull the plug on their involvement in talks this week.

The party was stung by the response to its plea for a three-month Government of national unity to tackle the coronavirus crisis.

The poll also suggests that Sinn Fein has consolidated its post-election surge and retains 35 percent support among the electorate.

Fine Gael has bounced back to 21 percent – a leap of three points – as the public appears to be satisfied with the caretaker Government’s reaction to the coronavirus crisis.

Fianna Fail is down one to 19 percent, while the Greens are unchanged at six percent.

Today Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin told Newstalk his party was ready to step up and form a Government, most likely with Fine Gael.

“I am up for it, at moments such as this you have to step up to the plate and make sure a government with a majority is formed,” he said.

“My own view is that it needs to be expedited. The economic consequences of this, the big decisions that simply have to be taken, need a full government with all ministers accountable to the Dail.”

Former minister Denis Naughten has founded a grouping to give nine rural and regional deputies a voice in Government formation talks.

It includes controversial TDs Michael Lowry, Noel Grealish and Verona Murphy who have all had clashes with the main parties in the past.

The other independents in the faction are Sean Canney, Peter Fitzpatrick, Cathal Berry, Verona Murphy, Matt Shanahan and Peadar Toibin.

Others that would be targeted to back a potential Fianna Fail-Fine Gael pact are Marian Harkin, Michael McNamara, Carol Nolan and Richard Donoghue.

The big two parties have 72 seats between them and are fearful of losing some of their own TDs who may not stomach a historic coalition.

Leo Varadkar and Micheal Martin are in daily contact and negotiating teams are set to meet on Wednesday as they try to hammer out a five-year long deal and an emergency budget response to the outbreak.



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