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Coalition party to discuss future

Senator Ciaran Cannon and Mary Harney
PDs leader Senator Ciaran Cannon with Mary Harney

The Progressive Democrats - the smallest party in the Republic of Ireland's coalition government - is to meet later to discuss its future.

There is ongoing speculation that the PDs may be about to be wound up.

The party was decimated in the general election last year returning just two TDs - former leader, Mary Harney and Noel Grealish in Galway West.

Since then, it is believed Mr Grealish has been considering joining Fianna Fail.

Mary Harney said if that happens, the party would have to be realistic about its prospects.

The Progressive Democrats were founded in 1985, mostly by Fianna Fail TDs opposed to Charles Haughey.

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