Soc Dems will not join government involving ‘civil war’ parties, leaders say

Party to meet Fianna Fáil next week, Róisín Shortall confirms

Social Democrats co-leaders Róisín Shortall and Catherine Murphy at the launch of the party’s manifesto in Dublin before the General Election. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins.

Social Democrats co-leaders Róisín Shortall and Catherine Murphy at the launch of the party’s manifesto in Dublin before the General Election. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins.

Social Democrats co-leader Róisín Shortall has said her party will not participate in a coalition that involves both Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael.

Ms Shortall, a former minister of state for health, said the idea that a coalition involving both Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael was new was “laughable”, even if other smaller parties took part.

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