Wednesday 25 April 2018

Revealed: Should an election be called following the Tanaiste's email controversy? Independent.ie readers have their say

Independent.ie readers vote on election issues
Independent.ie readers vote on election issues

Independent.ie readers have had their say on the crisis over Frances Fitzgerald's future and the risk of the Dail being dissolved before Christmas.

Fianna Fáil has formally lodged a motion of no confidence in Frances Fitzgerald today.

The party is lodging its motion over Ms Fitzgerald's lack of response to an email outlining clashes between legal teams for An Garda Síochána and whistleblower Sergeant Maurice McCabe in 2015.

The Opposition party's stance could collapse the confidence and supply agreement with the minority Fine Gael led Government.

Should a general election be called? Independent.ie readers have had their say
Should a general election be called? Independent.ie readers have had their say

If the Dáil is dissolved in the coming days it is likely that a general election would be called at some point between December 15 and 23.

We asked Independent.ie readers: should an election be called following the Tánaiste's email controversy?

Up to 6,909 readers voted in the poll and the debate appears to have split our readers down the middle.

52pc (3,579) said that they do not think the crisis warrants an election, while 48pc (3,336) of our readers have called for an election.

We asked if the Tanaiste should resign and 5,189 readers voted. The results were more clear cut with the 66pc (3,403) of our readers saying yes, while 34 pc (1,781) said that they don't think Ms Fitzgerald should resign.

If this Dail is dissolved, we asked readers to have their say on the most important issues of an election.

Should Frances Fitzgerald resign? Independent.ie readers have had their say
Should Frances Fitzgerald resign? Independent.ie readers have had their say

6,655 people submitted their hot topics and it appears that the housing crisis is top of the agenda.

The majority of the voters - 34 pc (2,235) voted for housing/homelessness to be the Government's main priority. This was followed by the issues surrounding the economy at 21 pc of the vote (1,226).

Independent.ie readers vote on election issues
Independent.ie readers vote on election issues

Health and Brexit were joint at 18 pc, although health had slightly more votes at 1,226 compared to Brexit at 1,218 votes.

The Eighth Amendment scored 4pc of the votes (291).

Bottom of the agenda, according to our readers, are the Tánaiste's email controversy at 2 pc (156) and education at 2 pc (117).

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