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Blame Game

Most people don't want an election before Christmas - and Fine Gael would get more blame than anyone

Despite the blame game, just 15% of those people said they wanted to see an election before Santa arrives.

ONE THIRD OF people would put the “blame” of a pre-Christmas general election on Fine Gael.

An election being called in the coming days inched closer tonight as the Department of Justice published a number of documents relating to whether the Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald knew of the Garda Commissioner’s legal strategy against whistleblower Sergeant Maurice McCabe.

The government says that its support of the Tánaiste hasn’t changed as a result of the release and the Tánaiste herself has defended her inaction.

The figures come from a poll for TheJournal.ie and RTÉ’s Claire Byrne Live undertaken by Amárach Research.

It asked 1,000 Irish adults who they would put the responsibility for an early election on.

33% said Fine Gael would take the blame, 28% Fianna Fáil and 13% said Sinn Féin. 4% said others and 22% didn’t know.

Despite the blame game, just 15% of those people said they wanted to see an election before Santa arrives.

35% would like to see it delayed until February and 42% another time. 8% said they didn’t know.

Read: Tánaiste defends position after emails show she ‘noted’ legal strategy against whistleblower

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