Ireland's Sinn Fein leader blasts rivals

Ireland's Sinn Fein leader blasts rivals”

Mr Varadkar's party, which has 35 seats in the 160-seat parliament, has already ruled out a deal with Sinn Fein, which is on 37.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said on 12 February he expects to be the leader of the opposition in the next Irish parliament - which would mean Fianna Fail and Sinn Fein are the most likely coalition partners.

Asked if Fianna Fail would talk to Fine Gael about the formation of a government, Mr Collins said, 'That wasn't really discussed'.

Fianna Fail Leader Micháel Martin has stated he will not enter Government with Sinn Fein - as has Fine Gael leader Leo Varadkar.

"I think it is actually quite disgraceful that the old boys' club of Fianna Fail and Fine Gael believe that they can set aside the democratic mandate of Sinn Fein and the electorate".

The Fianna Fail parliamentary party will meet later but Martin has repeatedly ruled out going into coalition with Sinn Fein.

Sinn Fein TD Eoin O Broin told RTE radio Sinn Fein is still open to talking to all parties but said there are big policy differences between Sinn Fein and Fianna Fail.

He said: "On Tuesday morning the broad progressive left had 66 TDs and that is not enough for government". He hinted he may work with other centrist parties if Sinn Fein couldn't form a government. It will be very hard.

The minister there was a "stark choice" between a coalition between the two parties and holding another general election. "This is going to be so hard".

A source from the centre-right party told the Irish Independent there was "pretty unanimous support" for Mr Martin's decision.

"There are a number of minority type administrations that could be put together with each of the three parties involved and essentially underscoring a confidence and supply arrangement", Collins told national broadcaster RTE.

Fianna Fail's rejection of Ms McDonald's party raises the chances of Ireland being forced to go to the polls again in the coming months, a development analyst have said could further boost Sinn Fein, whose support surged 50% in last weekend's election in part due to anger at a housing crisis. If you look at the figures, that's the only option that gives you a majority.

However, Deputy O' Cuiv admits while he may not personally like Sinn Fein in Government, the proposal fails to recognise that people clearly voted for change.

Meanwhile, Ms McDonald said she had a 15-minute phone call with Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin on Friday evening.

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