Tuesday 27 September 2016

Micheál Martin says General Election 'unthinkable' despite Fianna Fail poll bounce

Published 17/07/2016 | 20:47

Micheál Martin. Photo: Gerry Mooney
Micheál Martin. Photo: Gerry Mooney

FIANNA Fáil leader Micheál Martin has said it would be “unthinkable” for his party to force an early general election just 100 days since the minority government was formed.

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Mr Martin was asked about his party's poll bounce, and indeed his own increasing popularity, prior to his delivery of the John Hume lecture at the MacGill Summer School in Glenties tonight.

He said previous opinion polls which showed the party performing poorly "sapped morale from the party".

But he described the polls that have emerged post election as a "distraction".

Mr Martin also dismissed the idea of forcing an early election in light of the party's bounce.

"It's just not thinkable you would be contemplating an election, two or three months after a confidence and supply arrangement we arrived at in good faith," he said in a round table interview with reporters.

“We have facilitated the formation of this minority government. It's only 100 days in office, give or take two or three days. I think people just need to calm down."

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