Frank Flannery is tipping Fianna Fail to get 76 seats. As an aside he’s assuming Padraig MacLochlainn for Donegal NE and O’Snodaigh get in to allow Sinn Fein to keep five Deputies. Technically, if his Fine Gael party could sow together an alliance of any and everyone else (including doubtful converts like Jackie Healy Rae and Beverley Cooper-Flynn), they could give Enda the ‘Taoiseachship’. That would leave them at the same figure. Vincent Browne says the simplest way out for FF is to a deal with Labour.
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