Ireland's main opposition party rejects coalition deal

Irish Prime Minister and Fine Gael leader Enda Kenny (L) and Fianna Fail party leader Micheal Martin take part in the final televised leaders' debate in Dublin on February 23, 2016 ahead of the electionsIreland’s main opposition Fianna Fail party on Thursday rejected an offer to form a full coalition partnership with Prime Minister Enda Kenny’s Fine Gael following inconclusive elections in February. Fine Gael had said in a statement on Wednesday after talks between Kenny and Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin that it had offered the party a “full and equal partnership” in a future administration. Speaking to reporters after another meeting with Kenny on Thursday, Martin said “the best interests of the Irish people would not be served by a Fianna Fail/Fine Gael government”.

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