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Irish PM Leo Varadkar: I won’t join forces with Sinn Fein

IRISH premier Leo Varadkar has ruled out forming a government with Sinn Fein and said it could be months before a new administration is formed.

It comes after yesterday’s counting indicated Sinn Fein polled more votes than its rivals in Saturday’s general election.

Mr Varadkar (pictured) said his Fine Gael party differed dramatically on issues such as criminal justice and the economy. He trailed a candidate from the republican party in his West Dublin seat.

Sinn Fein hailed a ‘revolution’ and will try to form a coalition without Fine Gael or Fianna Fail, the other major party.