Ireland faces threat of stalemate after election

Ireland faces threat of stalemate after election

An exit poll suggests the Irish general election is too close to call.

Irish premier Leo Varadkar's decision to centre the General Election around Brexit appears to have backfired, after just 1% of respondents to an exit poll cited it as a factor in how they voted.

The exit poll conducted by Ipsos/MRBI on behalf of RTE and the Irish Times found respondents ranked Brexit alongside immigration as a deciding factor in how they cast their vote.

Fianna Fail, Fine Gael and Sinn Fein are set for a three-way tie in their share of the vote in the Irish General Election, with Fianna Fail on 22.2%, Fine Gael at 22.4% and Sinn Fein on 22.3%, according to the poll published on Saturday night.

Fianna Fail candidate Jack Chambers has said it is clear "there is a strong desire for change" and that people want "an alternative to Fine Gael".

When asked how Fianna Fail could form a government based on Saturday night's poll, which showed Sinn Fein, Fine Gael and Fianna Fail tied three ways at 22%, he said it would be "absolutely possible".

"We would form a minority administration with independents and smaller parties," he told RTE Radio.

He added Sinn Fein as a party "are not compatible with government" and ruled out going into coalition with them.

Pictured: Sinn Fein's Aengus O Snodaigh at the count in Dublin.

Published: by Radio NewsHub
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