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May 22, 2022

Ireland: Fine Gael set to win power, ruling party suffers catastrophic defeat

Opposition party Fine Gael most likely to form the next government with its leader Enda Kenny as prime minister. He vows to renegotiate the burdening EUR 85 bln IMF/EU deal.

On Sunday it was not clear if the centre-right party will have enough support to run on the country on its own, or if it will have to form a coalition with Labour, SkyNews informs. Fianna Fail – which has been the ruling party for the last 14 years – suffered huge losses in the poll. There was a massive outpouring of voter anger over the recession and the Republic having to be bailed out by the International Monetary Fund. Around 70 percent of those eligible to vote did so. Fine Gael is on course for about 75 seats, just a few short of a majority in the 166-seat parliament. There will also now be a significant Independent bloc spearheaded by former Senator Shane Ross and developer Mick Wallace. A strong left-wing influence also emerged with Sinn Fein on course to treble its vote to 15 seats led by party president Gerry Adams in Louth and TDs (Irish MPs) from the Socialist Party. The Greens, who were in coalition with Fianna Fail in the previous government, were wiped out with none of their sitting TDs returned. Kenny vowed not to waste any time pulling together a strong and stable government and then trying to renegotiate the 85 billion euro IMF/EU loan deal. He said: “The people have made their choice. This was a democratic revolution at the ballot box.” Kenny also criticised Fianna Fail, which suffered the most devastating political collapse since the early years of the State. “I give you my guarantee that the incoming government is not going to leave the people in the dark about what is happening whether it is good or whether it is bad,” he said.

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