Ignore the spin: logic says FF and FG should form a government

Despite their claims, winning 37 seats does not give Sinn Féin a ‘democratic mandate’ to govern and a coalition between them and Fianna Fáil seems out of the question

16th February, 2020
Ignore the spin: logic says FF and FG should form a government
Despite the optics, Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael have the greatest chance of coming to agreement on a common platform on economic issues. Picture PA

Sorry if this offends anybody who voted for “change” or who considers that Sinn Féin “won” the general election, but let’s look at the numbers without emotion or bias.

“Winning” is having the 80 seats to form a government. Sinn Féin has 37 seats and fractionally less than a quarter of the first preference vote. That is success, without any doubt, but without taking anything away from...

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