Confidence and supply talks 'constructive', Fianna Fáil say

Confidence and supply talks 'constructive', Fianna Fáil say

Update: Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil have concluded their meeting on reviewing and re-negotiating the confidence and supply arrangement.

Fianna Fáil said it was "a good constructive first meeting", and that both parties agreed a schedule for next week.

They will will exchange papers for review next Tuesday, and a full plenary meeting on Thursday.

The parties met this afternoon to discuss the deal that is keeping the government in place, with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar pitching for a two year extension of the arrangement to keep his party in power:

Earlier: Confidence and supply talks begin this afternoon

Confidence and supply talks between Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil will begin this afternoon.

The two parties will meet to discuss the deal that's keeping the government in place.

Negotiating teams for Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil will sit down this afternoon to begin reviewing the deal that keeps the government in place.

Simon Coveney, Paschal Donohoe, Regina Doherty and Martin Heydon will represent Fine Gael.

Confidence and supply talks 'constructive', Fianna Fáil say

While the Fianna Fáil team will be led by Dara Calleary, Michael McGrath, Lisa Chambers and Charlie McConalouge.

Fine Gael are seeking a two-year extension to the agreement with an agreed election date in 2020.

Fianna Fáil has been reluctant to accept that - talking about reviewing the current deal but saying there should be a commitment not to collapse the government until after a Brexit deal has been put in place.

The next few weeks will decide how long this government will last - and while the prospect of an election before Christmas looks remote, if talks go badly politicians could be fighting carolers for space on the doorsteps in December. between Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil will begin this afternoon.

The two parties will meet to discuss the deal that's keeping the government in place.

Negotiating teams for Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil will sit down this afternoon to begin reviewing the deal that keeps the government in place.

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