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Varadkar ‘not ruling out’ grand coalition with Fianna Fail after election

He said he would not prop up a Fianna Fail led minority Government unless Fianna Fail win more seats than Fine Gael at the next general election.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has spelled out his election ambitions (Niall Carson/PA)
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has spelled out his election ambitions (Niall Carson/PA)

By Aine McMahon PA

Irish premier Leo Varadkar has said he would not rule out a grand coalition with Fianna Fail after the next election.

Mr Varadkar said he would not help them form a government with smaller parties such as the Green Party and Labour.

Speaking on the final day of the Fine Gael party think-in in Co Cork, Mr Varadkar said: “I’m certainly not ruling out any future arrangement with Fianna Fail be it confidence and supply or a coalition.”

While confidence and supply has worked reasonably well for the past three years, a majority government would be better for the country. Leo Varadkar

He said he would not prop up a Fianna Fail led minority Government unless Fianna Fail win more seats than Fine Gael at the next general election.

He added: “We would certainly not entertain a situation whereby we were the largest party in the Dail and we were somehow asked to facilitate the second, third and fourth and fifth party forming a government.

“It is my intention and plan and expectation that Fine Gael will win the next general election when it comes in May 2020. We will be the largest party and ideally we will form a coalition government with a majority.

“While confidence and supply has worked reasonably well for the past three years, a majority government would be better for the country and that is what I want to be in a position to do – win the election, win the most seats and form a majority government.”

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