Is a Sinn Féin-led coalition of the left still possible?

SF continues to pursue a left-wing alliance, but some are sceptical of its aims

Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald and her senior TDs say they want to build a government of the left but also want to talk to Fianna Fáil about coalition. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald and her senior TDs say they want to build a government of the left but also want to talk to Fianna Fáil about coalition. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

The warmth and colour evident as new TDs arrived in Leinster House with their families for the first day of the 33rd Dáil gave way to vitriol and bitterness as the main party leaders debated in the chamber on Thursday night.

All nominees for the position of taoiseach – Micheál Martin, Mary Lou McDonald, Leo Varadkar and Eamon Ryan – fell short of securing the required Dáil numbers.

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