Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil to outline election manifestos
Some opinion polls have put Micheál Martin’s Fianna Fáil in prime position to overturn Fine Gael’s near-decade long supremacy.By Press Association Friday, January 24, 2020 - 06:39 AM The leaders the two largest parties will outline their General Election manifestos later. Some opinion polls have put Micheál Martin’s Fianna Fáil in prime position to overturn Fine Gael’s near-decade long supremacy in next month’s ballot for the Dáil. Mr Martin has ruled out a “grand coalition” with his rivals after a poll which is expected to see continued fracturing of the vote. Mr Martin said the country needs a “completely new government” without Taoiseach Leo Varadkar’s party. Fianna Fáil Leader Micheál Martin on the general election campaign trail (Niall Carson/PA) Mr Varadkar suggested that he might countenance working with Fianna Fáil in government if next month’s election produced another inconclusive result. During Wednesday night’s TV election debate, the Taoiseach said his preference would be to cooperate with independent members of the Dáil parliament or parties such as Labour and Greens to form a coalition. But he said if the only way to form a stable government was by working with Fianna Fáil, he would be willing to do so. Mr Varadkar also said he would be prepared to support a minority Fianna Fáil government through a confidence and supply arrangement – essentially flipping the historic deal that had kept his government in power. The landmark pact between two parties founded from opposing sides of Ireland’s civil war of the 1920s was struck following the 2016 general election. This election campaign has focused on Fine Gael’s stewardship of the economy as well as social issues. Homelessness and proposals to reduce the age of the state pension have been hotly debated. READ MORE Read more: Irish Examiner
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Varadkar opens door to grand coalition with Fianna FáilLeo Varadkar has opened the door to a grand coalition with Fianna Fáil after the general election should it be required. Snake parties run by snakes 🐍. No difference between them. They just want to protect their little club and keeping ripping this country to shreds .
Michael McGrath: Fianna Fáil not kicking pension decisions down the roadThe party’s finance spokesman said pension policy could not be drawn up on the back of an envelope or in the heat of an election campaign. 🤣🤣🤣 yea right. We believe ye. Did he not think about this before today? In other words don't tell the truth in c assed it costs votes. Ye make me want to vomit. spoofers
Michael McGrath: Fianna Fáil not kicking pension decisions down the roadThe party’s finance spokesman said pension policy could not be drawn up on the back of an envelope or in the heat of an election campaign.