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Monday 5 December 2016

FG and FF would eat each other alive - Joan

Labour Party Leader Joan Burton has warned against a ‘grand coalition’, saying: “I don’t think that option will last for very long.
Labour Party Leader Joan Burton has warned against a ‘grand coalition’, saying: “I don’t think that option will last for very long.

A coalition of Fine Gael and Fianna Fail wouldn't last as both parties would feel like they are being eaten alive, Tanaiste Joan Burton has said.

The Labour Party leader has warned against a 'grand coalition', saying: "I don't think that option will last for very long.

"I think the chances are that there will be an extra general election and that is why voters need to be very clear that one of the principle questions is 'do you want this government elected, because for all of the issues we have not been able to address, this government has worked'."

Formation

Ms Burton told the Herald that she wants people to reflect on the formation of the next government ahead of voting on Friday.

She said "in theory" it would be very easy to match the objective of Fine Gael and Fianna Fail but "without a mandate how will the supporters of each party feel as each of them feels they are being eaten alive".

"It does make Sinn Fein potentially the leaders of the opposition.

"Is that what Fianna Fail voters want? Is that what Fine Gael voters want? I don't think so," she said.

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