Government Formation

Government Formation


Tourism industry group seeks say in framing prospective programme for government

The pan-tourism industry group that represents employers and government agencies responsible for tens of thousands people north and south working in tourism has called for it to have a voice in helping shape the Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael-led prospective programme for government.

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James O'Connor: All bets are off as youngest TD looks to future

Having risen quickly through the ranks of Irish politics, James O’Connor is anxious to get back to work, writes political correspondent Paul Hosford


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Minority government is ‘last thing the country needs’ - Varadkar

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has ruled out a minority government if Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil cannot attract a third party to form a coalition.


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Equal split of cabinet seats for Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael

Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil will have an equal share of cabinet seats when the new Government is formed, Micheál Martin has said.


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If we were not otherwise distracted, otherwise so terribly pressed, it is easy to imagine that, this weekend, at least half of this society would enthusiastically midwife the prospect of a deal between Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil.


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Small parties 'bemused' with coalition policy document delays

The Dáil’s three smaller parties all say they will read the Fine Gael-Fianna Fáil policy document — but none is willing to commit further.


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FF/FG policy document to be presented to leaders today

The document agreed by Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael for a potential framework for government is to be presented to the party leaders this afternoon.


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Donohoe: Cross-party government document will offer ‘inclusive platform’

The Finance Minister said it was imperative the two parties could convince a third party to join a new coalition.


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Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil set to agree 'radical' framework for grand coalition

Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil are set to agree a framework document on a grand coalition between the two parties today.


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Daniel McConnell: Election looks likely as smaller parties shy away from government

Fears held by some Fine Gael ministers that the current process of forming a government will come to nothing are well-founded, it must be said.


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Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael set to agree on ‘robust’ joint paper

A far greater role for the State in the provision of childcare, housing, and a single-tier health system will be at the heart of the joint paper to be agreed by Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil tomorrow.


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Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil to finalise framework document for government tomorrow

The expected framework of a grand coalition between Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil is expected to be signed off on – spelling out how a historic coalition between the two will work.


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Some Fine Gael ministers believe second election now on the cards

A number of Fine Gael ministers do not believe a government can be formed and that a second general election will be needed.


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Grassroots members encourage Fianna Fáil to enter 'National Emergency Government'

The decision not to speak to Sinn Fein has split Micheál Martin’s parliamentary party, with as many as 17 of the party’s 38 TDs open to discussions with Mary Lou McDonald’s party.


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Daniel McConnell: Alan Kelly’s reluctance puts the onus on the Greens

Labour leader Alan Kelly insists his party would do better in opposition. That raises the pressure on Eamon Ryan to enter government, says Political Editor Daniel McConnell


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FF and FG to hold joint meetings with other party leaders

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin will hold joint meetings with the leaders of other parties and the Regional Independent Group next week, it has been confirmed.


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Alan Kelly accuses Greens of refusing to 'put their shoulder to the wheel'

The new Labour leader does not expect to enter a new government coalition.


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Tánaiste hopes framework document will ‘persuade’ others to join government

Simon Coveney said parties would have to be different after the health crisis.


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Strong opposition 'critically important', Kelly says as Labour unlikely to enter coalition

The Labour Party is not looking to enter government but it could support one from opposition, its new leader Alan Kelly.


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Labour’s Alan Kelly ‘doesn’t believe’ party will enter coalition

Alan Kelly said he believes the Labour party will play a ‘huge part’ in shaping Ireland’s recovery.


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Varadkar: FG-FF policy document ready this week

Second election unlikely as ‘we’re ready to agree a framework document’ on majority government


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Labour not expected to change decision to stay in opposition

The Labour parliamentary party will hold a teleconference this week, the first meeting since Alan Kelly’s election as leader, with the question of whether the party should join a coalition government set to be discussed.


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Michael Clifford: Time to press the reset button

A traumatised country will need an administration that has a sound mandate and the confidence to carry it out, writes Michael Clifford


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Varadkar: I don’t envisage there being a second election

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said he does not think a second general election is needed this year.


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Coveney: Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael can make it work this time

Simon Coveney acknowledged that there was a perception that smaller parties get “squeezed out”, but he did not believe that would be the case this time.


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Serious disquiet within FF about entering into government with FG, says Ó Cuív

Fianna Fáil TD for Galway West, Éamon Ó Cuív has said there is serious disquiet in the party about entering into a four to five year government arrangement with Fine Gael.


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Daniel McConnell: Fantasy cabinet predictions for the next Government

Political Editor Daniel McConnell predicts how the next government cabinet will look


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Ó Cuív: Unwise to assume Fianna Fáil's membership will support coalition with Fine Gael

“There is serious disquiet within the party about forming such a long-term coalition.


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FG and FF set to ‘love-bomb’ Greens

Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil are set to “love-bomb” the Green Party in the coming days in a bid to convince them to enter government with them.


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We need a third party to form a stable government with Fianna Fáil, says Varadkar

Fine Gael will only go into Government with Fianna Fáil if a third party is also involved, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said.


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Covid-19 pandemic is opportunity for transformative approach to government programme-Micheál Martin

Micheál Martin refuses to rule out reports he and Varadkar will rotate Taoiseach position


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John Gormley: Collaborative unity government is what the country needs

The Greens have proposed all parties work together during the virus crisis. This would ensure legislative scrutiny and remove the need for an opposition, says former party leader John Gormley


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Taoiseach hoping to approach third party to join FG/FF coalition govt for next five years

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil are still deciding on who shall be the leader of the next government.


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Varadkar: New Government 'a few weeks away'

Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil negotiating teams are meeting to discuss policies for a possible programme for government.


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Gormley: Coalition with FF/FG unlikely to get majority Green support

A former Green Party leader says government with Fianna Fail and Fine Gael is unlikely to get even a working majority within the current Green membership.


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Letter to the Editor: Greens do not have the luxury of waiting

I gave my first preference vote to the Green Party in the February general election.


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Likelihood of SocDems forming government with two 'civil war parties' is slim

The Greens and the Social Democrats say that the two traditional parties attempts to brief against them in the media will not help government formation.


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New government could be formed within two weeks - Micheál Martin

A government could be formed within the next two weeks, according to Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin.


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'I'm at a loss why people think Fine Gael, Fianna Fáil and the Greens will able to work in harmony'

A Green Party TD says those encouraging her party to join in government formation are asking them to facilitate a power-grab from Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil.


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'Ireland needs you': Coveney calls for stable coalition to combat Covid-19

Tanaiste Simon Coveney has called for a stable coalition to be formed among political parties to fight Covid-19, insisting that “Ireland needs you”.


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Taoiseach warns next Government will suffer 'constant criticism, disappointment and defeat'

The Taoiseach has offered a stark warning that the next government will only suffer “disappointment and defeat”.


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Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael aiming for 90-seat coalition

The Regional Group of Independents, the Labour Party and the Social Democrats are all to be courted by Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael in a bid to form a government now that the Green Party have chosen to absent themselves.


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Leas Cheann Comhairle election deferred until next week

The Leas Cheann Comhairle election has been deferred.


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Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael agree to develop programme for ‘stable’ coalition

Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael have agreed to develop a programme for government for a “stable” coalition that will help the country recover after the Covid-19 crisis.


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FF and FG to continue government-formation meetings in coming days

It has been revealed no new laws can be passed from next week because approval of both the Dáil and Seanad is needed.


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Ceann Comhairle warns laws cannot be passed without newly formed Seanad

The parliament looks set to be left in limbo without the formation of a new government or agreement on who should be Taoiseach.


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Greens rule out talks with Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael

Green Party TDs have firmly ruled out any government formation talks with Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael as the Covid-19 crisis continues, insisting a unity or national government is required.


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Varadkar asks Naughten to fill role of Leas-Cheann Comhairle as temporary measure

The election of the Leas-Cheann Comhairle could create another obstacle for the state, as the country remains without a mandated government.


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Martin calls for 'sustainable' govt formation in coming weeks

The Fianna Fáil leader says that a government needs to be put together over the next number of weeks.


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Pressure grows on parties to form a coalition

Government formation talks between Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil will resume tomorrow, with both parties under growing pressure to secure a deal on a workable coalition to face the Covid-19 crisis.


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FF, FG to swap policy papers to kickstart talks

Detailed policy papers are to be exchanged this week between Leo Varadkar and Micheál Martin in a bid to kickstart Government formation talks.


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Need for emergency budget could accelerate coalition talks

Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil believe the need for emergency laws and a crisis budget to respond to Covid-19 must be assured by a coalition deal and a new government.


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Government formation talks to continue despite Covid-19

Government formation talks between the major parties will continue despite the coronavirus pandemic.


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Gary Gannon: 'We want to present alternatives'

Gary Gannon says Fine Gael, Fianna Fail and The Greens should get on with forming a government.


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Irish Examiner View: Government Formation - National interest trumps politics

As Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil negotiators met again yesterday to resume policy discussions, the Green Party continues to insist that what is most urgently needed is a Government of national unity to deal with the Coronavirus crisis.


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Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil to meet for first of three days of policy talks

But it is still unclear when a new government may be formed as the country grapples with the coronavirus.


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Irish Examiner View: Government formation - Send for the matchmaker

The pandemic demands that Government has the legitimacy to make hard, possibly divisive decisions.


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