New poll shows support for Fine Gael falls in lead up to impending general election
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin met on Saturday afternoon, but no conclusion has been agreed to.
Following the meeting, a spokesman for the Taoiseach told The Irish Times that “There was a good exchange of views at the meeting. Contact continues this weekend.”
On Friday, Leo Varadkar said that he will not be seeking the resignation of Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald.
He appeared on RTÉ's Six One new this evening and said that he would not be pressured over the weekend to dissolve the Dáil but if there was to be an election, he said it would be better that it would be done before Christmas.
Varadkar said that there's still an opportunity to avoid an election and that they would discuss compromises over the coming days.
But he warned that if there is not agreement between Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil before Tuesday, there would be an election and it would not be postponed until January.
The Sunday Business Post revealed the outcome of their latest poll, which shows Fine Gael losing supporters in light of the potentially impending general election, while Fianna Fáil and Sinn Féin gain numbers.
🚨 New Red C/SBP Poll 🚨
Fine Gael 27(-2)
Fianna Fáil 26 (+1)
Sinn Féin 16 (+2)
Independents 10 (-2)
Labour 6 (=)
Ind. Alliance 4 (=)
Greens 4 (=)
Solidarity/PBP 3 (-1)
SocDems 3 (+1)
Renua 1 (+1)
(Poll taken between 20-24 November 2017, as political crisis escalated)
— Hugh O'Connell (@oconnellhugh) November 25, 2017