Sinn Féin holds talks with left-wing parties in bid to form a government

Fianna Fáil meets on Thursday for discussions about possible coalition options

Pearse Doherty says Sinn Féin has made contact with the Greens, Solidarity-People Before Profit, Social Democrats and Labour. Photograph: Tom Honan

Pearse Doherty says Sinn Féin has made contact with the Greens, Solidarity-People Before Profit, Social Democrats and Labour. Photograph: Tom Honan

Sinn Féin held talks with the leaders of a number of left-wing parties on Wednesday as it tries to assess the viability of leading a government without the involvement of Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael.

Labour’s decision not to countenance a return to government, albeit it has offered to play a “constructive” role from the opposition benches, has made an already difficult task even tougher.

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