Stephen Collins: Reluctance of Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil to govern understandable
@patflanagan1 You couldn't trust Fianna Fail and Fine Gael as far as you could throw them
Sinn Féin’s Mary Lou McDonald: ‘I think it only appropriate to note that today for the first time a nominee from a party other than from Fianna Fáil or Fine Gael has managed to garner the greatest number of votes’
Leo Varadkar and Micheál Martin, the leaders of Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil, will meet next week in exploratory talks on forming an Irish government
And that's that - Fianna Fáil have edged past Sinn Féin, to finish #GE2020 with the most seats. Fianna Fáil finish on 38, with Sinn Féin second on 37, and Fine Gael in third on 35. | Full election coverage:
Ireland: According to the Ipsos MRBI exit poll for today's national parliament election, the left-wing Sinn Féin (SF-LEFT) received 31.8% of first preference votes amongst 18-24-year-olds, more than the centre-right Fine Gael (FG-EPP) and Fianna Fáil (FF-RE) combined. #GE2020
Sinn Féin's Pearse Doherty has accused RTÉ of "facilitating the gameplan" of Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil by excluding his party and its leader Mary Lou McDonald from the Prime Time debate.