With the worst homeless figures in the history of the state, chronic hospital overcrowding and violent crime spiralling out of control, it seems Irish voters may well be getting ready to vote the same government back in again.
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar confirmed the general election will take place on Saturday, February 8th and we spoke to people from several constituencies around the country about how they might vote.
Brian Delaney from Kildare told us “This is possibly the worst government we’ve ever seen. Varadkar and Flanagan are a pair of donkeys but the local Fine Gael lad is alright. My Father and his Father went to school together and he came to my granny’s funeral. It’d be no harm having a local fella high up in the government so I’ll vote for him but I’m only voting for him, not his party. I’d never vote Fine Gael.”
Deirdre Murphy from Charleville in Cork feels the same way about the government.
“I hope Fine Gael get buried and never get into government again. They’re nothing but a useless shower of bastards. Having said that the local Fine Gael woman is a local woman and my mother and her mother were both mothers so you’d have to give her your number one.”
Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin meanwhile is hoping people’s hatred of Leo Varadkar’s government will be enough to make him the next Taoiseach.
“We’re hoping the voters remember all the awful things this government did and forget all the awful things we did when we left this country on its knees with the mother of all recessions. Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael are pretty much identical in every way but hey, down with the government. Boo! Give someone else a chance. Get Fine Gael out! And so on and so forth.”