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Fianna Fáil claims Enda Kenny will turn to Sinn Féin first before he considers 'Grand Coalition’

Published 27/02/2016 | 13:20

Micheál Martin and Enda Kenny
Micheál Martin and Enda Kenny

FIANNA Fáil believes Taoiseach Enda Kenny will turn to Sinn Féin to form a government before he considers forming a ‘Grand Coalition’ with Micheál Martin’s party.

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After tallies emerged showing Fine Gael losing a significant number of seats a senior Fianna Fáil sources told Independent.ie Mr Kenny will do anything to “save his soul” up to and including forming a coalition with Gerry Adams’s party.

Fianna Fáil has made major gains in the General Election and look set to win around 40 or more seats.

Fine Gael has taken a hammering and could lose as many as 25 seats.

It has been widely suggested the outcome of the election will be an end of civil war politics and the formation of the country’s first Fine Gael/Fianna Fáil coalition government.

However, a senior Fianna Fáil strategist today said Mr Kenny is more likely to turn to Sinn Féin as Mr Martin’s demands could not be met by Fine Gael

“Enda Kenny’s only short term goal at the moment is to save his own position so he is likely to do a deal with anyone,” the source said.

“Enda Kenny in the short term will be saying ‘save my soul’. So Sinn Féin will be an option and obviously a mix match of god know how many Independents. Labour won’t be going in. I’d say they are doing the tapping up now to see what they can offer in various,” the source added.

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