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Sinn Féin may want one, but most Irish people are in no mood for a general election right now

A poll conducted for Claire Byrne Live has found that 57% of Irish people don’t want a general election right now.

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WHILE THE MCCABE saga continues to play itself out at a rate of knots, a common train of thought has been whether or not now is the time for a new general election, just 12 months after the last one.

Sinn Féin clearly think it is, given their motion of no confidence in the Government, a motion that is set to be defeated with Fianna Fáil’s abstention.

However, regardless of the political mess that is currently engulfing Leinster House, a new poll for RTÉ’s Claire Byrne Live suggests that the public is not as ready as some of its elected officials to go to the hustings once more.

Of those who were asked the question “do you want a general election to be held now?” just 28% replied yes.

57% of respondents said no, and the remaining 15% said they didn’t know.

Until Fianna Fáil pulls the plug on its confidence and supply agreement with the minority government, an election would seem to be a remote possibility regardless.

However, given the rate at which the political circumstances are changing at present that could happen sooner rather than later.

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