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No coalition between Fianna Fáil and Sinn Féin after General Election says Martin

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has defended his party's tabling of a no confidence motion in Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald.

The party had a front bench meeting this morning, where the motion was ratified. It was tabled at 11am.

However Micheál Martin has ruled out a coalition with Sinn Féin after a General Election.

An election seems certain after Fianna Fáil tabled a motion of no confidence in Frances Fitzgerald this morning, despite warnings from Fine Gael that to do so would breach the confidence and supply agreement that supports the Government.

Mr Martin said core issues that threatened the cohesion of the Government overrode a clause in the agreement saying Fianna Fáil would not support no-confidence motions in any Minister.

On a potential coalition with Sinn Féin, he said: "I have (already) ruled out any prospect of going into government with Sinn Féin."

He dismissed as "nonsense" a suggestion that Fianna Fáil was merely jockeying for political position with Sinn Féin, who first announced a plan to table a motion of no confidence in the Tánaiste. The Dáil order of business allowed Fianna Fáil to move first.