Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin — set to become Taoiseach if it passes — said that he is “quietly confident” his party will surpass the 50% needed, while Fine Gael are also expected to vote yes.
“Many members when we were talking to them — while it isn’t ideal — understand the need for the country to have a government that can last five years,” he told. “I think there is a realism there that a government needs to be formed. We’re in an extraordinary crisis as a result of Covid-19, particularly on the economic front and the employment issue.”
However it is still uncertain whether the two-thirds majority needed by the Green Party to pass the deal will be reached. Cork Green Party councillor Dan Boyle said he is hopeful the deal will pass, but said there are no guarantees.
“There’ll be a substantial majority," he said. "The only question is, will it be a sizeable enough majority? That’s what we’re waiting on.”
He said that Cork could also have a higher no vote than other areas in the country but said: “I would still be fairly sure there was still a majority vote in Cork.”