Fine Gael and Fianna Fail to outline election manifestos

Elias Hubbard
January 26, 2020

The man bidding to lead Ireland's next Government has said the country needs real change to help those struggling with the rising cost of living.

Micheál Martin spoke after Leo Varadkar said he would consider it "the only way" to build a stable government.

"I am looking forward to talking about real change".

Some opinion polls have put Micheal Martin's Fianna Fail in prime position to overturn Fine Gael's near-decade long supremacy in next month's ballot for the Irish parliament.

The 20-year-old was stabbed at a house party last Thursday night.

Less than two hours apart Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil will launch their visions for the next five years.

Fine Gael can take solace in the fact that this poll, which has a margin of error of 2.8%, is a slight improvement on the recent Sunday Times opinion poll which indicated that 32% would vote for Fianna Fáil against 20% of people who would vote for Fine Gael.

Responding to the Taoiseach's comments, Mr Martin insisted his party members had acted like grown ups during the election campaign - but claimed Fine Gael had not done the same.

Asked if he would enter a confidence-and-supply arrangement to prop up a minority administration, Mr Varadkar said it is not his preference but if it will form a government, he will do so.

Speaking during the head-to-head debate with Deputy Martin on Virgin Media last night, Mr Varadkar said the parties would need to be "grown-ups" if a grand coalition was the only way to form a Government.

Mr Varadkar was questioned by Ivan on his past drug use - reiterating that he had only used cannabis "when I was a student and in college".

The documents will set out the plans for the next five years from the two biggest parties.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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