According to Ms. Burton, the recent talks between Fine Gael and Labour were merely a ‘listening exercise’ for the latter, and that a second election cannot be ruled out just yet.
On the prospect of forming a government, she said: “At the moment Fianna Fail appear unwilling to participate in government, Sinn Fein are determined to be destructive in opposition and Fine Gael have thus far failed to reach any agreement on a minority administration with the Independents. It was therefore unsurprising that Fine Gael turned to us in recent days.”
The acting Tanaiste insists, however, that the party’s preferred option is to enter into a “progressive alliance” in the opposition benches with the Social Democrats and the Green Party.
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