Fine Gael TD Pat Breen has backed a historic Fine Gael and Fianna Fail coalition following the election this weekend.

“I think there’s an onus on both parties to try and form a government,” he said.

Mr Breen was keen to stress that the independent TDs also had a responsibility to ensure Ireland has a stable government for the next five years.

He believes that another option could send out a message of uncertainty to potential investors in the Irish market.

“The economy is going well. We certainly don’t want to send international signals abroad particularly for foreign direct investment that there’s an unstable [government] and there’s uncertainty,” he added.

Mr Breen said he was disappointed with the national figures for Fine Gael but was hopeful that the two Clare seats would be retained.

“It’s not easy for their families and themselves as well,” he added.

Mr Breen acknowledged that the entrance of Dr Harty into the campaign was a curve ball.

“I was telling that to everybody for the last three weeks or month but nobody would believe me that Dr Harty was haemorrhaging votes from me all the time. It’s natural, he was gathering momentum since he came into the race, he was the independent voice,” he said.

Mr Breen was on the fence about whether or not there will be another election in the coming months.

“There’s a lot of water to go under the bridge in the coming weeks,” he said.

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