Fianna Fáil 'not interested' in forming Coalition that would include Sinn Féin

Fianna Fáil 'not interested' in forming Coalition that would include Sinn Féin

As the tallies predict a result of Fine Gael, Fianna Fáil Government, Fianna Fail's Director of Elections is insisting his party is not interested in forming a Coalition that would include Sinn Fein.

Outside of that possibility, Billy Kelleher has said they will be looking closely at the final results: “I think if you look at how we are performing, we will be a lot closer to Fine Gael than people would have anticipated only 24 hours ago or even this morning.

“So I think we want to keep it in the here and now looking at who will be the largest party.”

Fianna Fáil 'not interested' in forming Coalition that would include Sinn Féin

Meanwhile it is set to be a good day for the Social Democrats, if the final results follow the exit polls.

At the moment they look like they'll get just over 3% support, taking around 7 seats in total.

Party co-founder, Dublin North West TD Róisín Shorthall, looks certain to keep her seat - she has been speaking to our reporter at the RDS: “Well we’re very pleased, it’s been a very good day for us I think considering the party is only in existence for seven months.

“We have been running this campaign on an absolute shoe-string.

“We have been totally dependent on volunteers who have been so generous with their time and we are really very pleased that it looks like we have broken 3% nationally.

“Hopefully, it will work out like that when we hear the final tally.”

Check out: GE16 live blog: The count


More in this Section

Teenage victim of paedophile ring packed knife to confront sex offender over unwanted advances, court hearsTeenage victim of paedophile ring packed knife to confront sex offender over unwanted advances, court hears

Environmental group wins landmark case over large-scale peat extractionEnvironmental group wins landmark case over large-scale peat extraction

Quinn staff 'demand an end to this reign of terror' following attack on executive Quinn staff 'demand an end to this reign of terror' following attack on executive

Families moving back into their homes after Dublin flats fireFamilies moving back into their homes after Dublin flats fire


Lifestyle

My seven-year-old stood tall, whispered “bravery” to herself and stepped into the pitch-black dungeon. I stood there and watched her disappear.Learner Dad: I hate nostalgia, I think it’s mawkish and sentimental

Dr Phil Kieran says head lice is incredibly common among school children and offers practical advice on how to remove the crawlers with easy treatments.Tackling head lice: Easy treatments to remove itchy creepers

Gráinne Healy only started running regularly a few years ago. She’s already completed 50 parkruns. She tells Rowena Walsh what motivates her.Ageing with Attitude: Parkruns and quiet Friday nights

Against popular wisdom and flying a plane made from bamboo, wire and bike handlebars, a Co Antrim woman blazed a sky trail for aviation and for the independence of women, writes Bette BrowneMagnificent Lilian Bland blazed a trail for independence of women in her plane of bamboo

More From The Irish Examiner