DUBLIN – Party discussions

Further “constructive” talks took place between Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin last night, amid speculation as to when the forthcoming Irish general election will be.

Statements issued from Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil noted that the pair discussed parliamentary numbers, as the Fine Gael-led minority continues to face difficulties in passing legislation, due to its reduced numbers in the house.

There was, however, no mention of a possible agreement on the date of a future general election. If Varadkar and Martin fail to find consensus, a national ballot is expected to take place mid-February.

Varadkar and Martin will meet again next week to “consider matters further.”

(Samuel Stolton, EURACTIV.com)

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