Government Formation

Fine Gael will only go into Government with Fianna Fáil if a third party is


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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Greens calls for suspension of government formation talks and united focus on Covid-19 battle

The Greens have again called for government formation talks to be suspended so a cross-party unified approach is mounted to fight the coronavirus.


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Greens call for national unity govt to tackle Covid-19 as Sinn Féin brands UK approach 'dangerous'

The Green Party has called for government formation talks to be suspended.


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FF and FG examine postal vote option as govt talks to resume on Wednesday

Government formation talks will resume later this week with the picture clouded further due to the coronavirus.


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Greens ‘won’t walk away’ from government talks

Several Green Party TDs have rejected weekend reports that they are on the verge of walking away from government formation talks.


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Coronavirus: Micheál Martin 'ready to step up' and form majority government with Fine Gael

Speaking on Sunday, Mr Martin said the Coronavirus crisis expedites the need for a change of government given the scale of the decisions that need to be taken.


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Opinion poll: Sinn Féin remain on top - but Fine Gael close the gap

A new opinion poll show that Sinn Féin’s support is holding strong, with the party still comfortably the most popular in Ireland.


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Juno McEnroe: Politics abhors a vacuum - Coalition formation talks ahead

Politics, just like nature, abhors a vacuum. The power void left by February’s general election has been instantly filled by the looming horror and scale of the coronavirus health crisis.


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Fine Gael remain keen to bring Greens into new coalition

Fine Gael is still keen to bring the Greens into a new coalition – despite its TDs differing on whether government negotiations should be halted or not due to the coronavirus.


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Government formation talks suspended as leaders cooperate to stop coronavirus spread

Government formation talks have been suspended but parties will resume efforts to form a new coalition next week while leaders cooperate in the battle to stop coronavirus from spreading.


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Greens want parties to focus on coronavirus rather than government formation

Negotiating teams from Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil will meet today to begin detailed talks on government formation.


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Irish Examiner View: Virus bigger than political differences

There are times when it takes one plague to overcome another. That may be overstating matters, in the grander scheme of things, but it holds true, at least, for the formation of a government here


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McGrath: coalition deal must satisfy demand for change

Fianna Fáil must secure a “radical” programme for government in any deal with Fine Gael that not only fights the coronavirus but offers new ways of tackling housing and health, a senior party figure says.


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Talks between Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael under way

Senior Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil negotiators are holding further talks this afternoon on forming a government.


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TD calls for 'crisis government' to deal with coronavirus

Both parties have agreed to hold detailed negotiations, while still continuing discussions with the Green Party.


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Juno McEnroe: Contagion opens up path to coalition

All changed, changed utterly. These are defining words from another era that described the explosion of violence on the streets around the Easter Rising. But the poetry of WB Yeats poignantly now illustrates a terrible horror rising over our country and planet: Covid-19.


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Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael to open formal government formation talks

A statement revealed that the leaders held “constructive discussions over the last two days about a series of policy issues and the current political situation.


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Varadkar and Martin to meet again tomorrow after discussing 'variety of policy issues'

Leo Varadkar and Micheál Martin met this evening to discuss forming the next government.


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Brian Keegan: Bigger government will come at a cost

Nature abhors a vacuum.


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Aoife Moore: Pressure grows on Micheál Martin as government options dwindle

The prospects of Micheál Martin being the first Fianna Fáil leader not to be taoiseach are increasing, writes Political Correspondent Aoife Moore


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Irish Examiner View: Grit teeth and take the plunge to form a government

Like a person who at an all-is-possible drinks party promised to take a Christmas Day plunge in the sea when they find themselves shivering on a beach, freezing waves washing their ankles, Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil can hardly defer what now seems unavoidable for much longer.


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Pádraig O'Sullivan: Fianna Fáil has to be more relevant to younger voters

“It’s all about housing,” says Padraig O’ Sullivan, who retained his seat in Cork north central last month.


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'We demand the change that people voted for': Smith calls for strong turn-out for March 19 protest

Several hundred people have taken part in a protest in Dublin to “kick” Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael out while calling for a left-wing government.


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Daniel McConnell: Change of heart from a leader on his last chance

Four weeks ago today, the people went to the polls and give their verdict as to who deserves the right to govern the country.


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Groups to protest in Dublin against government involving two main parties

Protesters will take to the streets of Dublin city today demanding to oppose a government involving Fianna Fáil or Fine Gael.


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Greens want rolling Taoiseach in coalition deal with main parties

The Green Party want its leader to share the position of Taoiseach if they form a coalition with Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael.


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Martin and Varadkar to discuss ongoing stalemate in government formation

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin and acting Taoiseach Leo Varadkar are expected to discuss the ongoing stalemate in government formation when talks resume next week.


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Party planning protest against Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael forming next government

A march against Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael forming the next government is being planned this weekend.


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Varadkar declines FF coalition mandate at party gathering

Fine Gael leader, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, is prepared to “let Micheál Martin sweat” and did not seek a mandate to continue talks with Fianna Fáil from his party.


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