FG-FF 'the only viable coalition' after next election

Taoiseach Enda Kenny

An election expert has said the only possible two-party coalition Government that could emerge in the next General Election, based on the most recent polls, would be Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil.

The latest opinion poll, released yesterday by Paddy Power, revealed a 7% drop for Fine Gael since the last election at 29%.

Labour remains steady considering recent polls on 13%, but that is a drop of 6% since election day two years ago.

Fianna Fáil are up 4% to 21% since election day, while Sinn Féin is up 6% since the election, on 16%.

Lecturer at NUI Maynooth Adrian Kavanagh has made a number of projections for the next General Election, based on the most recent polls.

He said: "I have Fine Gael at 56 seats, Fianna Fáil 37, Sinn Fein 23, Labour 18 and the Green Party actually winning a seat in the new Dublin-Fingal. Independents (are) on 19 and the United Left Alliance on four.

"The only viable 2-party coalition option would be Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil."

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