Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael may decline further, says Cox

Former Progressive Democrats TD predicts that a potential second election will push former rivals into coalition as electorate‘s ’patience expires‘

Pat Cox. Picture: Bryan Meade

There is no reason to believe the decline in support for Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael has “bottomed out”, Pat Cox has said.

The former Progressive Democrats TD and former president of the European Parliament said the Sinn Féin surge in the election a fortnight ago was the result of people prioritising societal needs ahead of economic concerns and that, a decade on from the financial crash, people’s “patience had expired”.

He also said that ...