Tuesday 20 March 2018

All kinds of coalitions add up when you do the maths on the next government

Indo Opinion Cartoon 2 June 2014
Indo Opinion Cartoon 2 June 2014
Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin said beef farmers were paying a heavy price
John Downing

John Downing

FORMING the next government will above all else be a game of 79-plus. It's worth keeping that in mind when you hear all these declarations that Sinn Fein wouldn't go with Fine Gael, Fianna Fail wouldn't go with Sinn Fein, and you'll never see Fianna Fail and Fine Gael in coalition.

These declarations may influence voting, but in the end it will be about simple Dail arithmetic.

There are 158 seats in the new Dail which we expect will be elected in spring 2016 – if not earlier.

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