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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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: "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

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

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

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

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'

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

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

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

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

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

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 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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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'

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

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

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

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

'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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Groups to protest in Dublin against government involving two main parties

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

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

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

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

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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Micheál Martin 'rattled' as sparks fly at Fianna Fáil party meeting where 'rhetoric' on SF criticised

Micheál Martin 'rattled' as sparks fly at Fianna Fáil party meeting where 'rhetoric' on SF criticised

Sparks flew at a meeting of Fianna Fáil's party meeting this afternoon amid a backlash from TDs over a bad general election and concern about the direction leader Micheál Martin is taking.

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New Taoiseach vote postponed to March 19

New Taoiseach vote postponed to March 19

A vote had been scheduled for today, but with no change in the levels of support for any candidate, it was deemed to be unnecessary.

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Micheál Martin opens the door to full coalition with Fine Gael

Micheál Martin opens the door to full coalition with Fine Gael

The Fianna Fáil leader said he is also open to the idea of a rotating Taoiseach position

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Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil to continue talks today as Dáil to reconvene for second time

Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil to continue talks today as Dáil to reconvene for second time

Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil's parliamentary parties will meet later to discuss options for government formation after lengthy talks yesterday.

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Labour party leader hopeful Aodhán Ó' Ríordáin says social dialogue needed to address low pay

Labour party leader hopeful Aodhán Ó' Ríordáin says social dialogue needed to address low pay

A new social dialogue between the government, business leaders and workers can only go ahead if the problems of low pay and insecure work are addressed, Aodhán Ó'Ríordáin has warned.

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Irish Examiner View: Fine Gael in danger of creating political instability

Irish Examiner View: Fine Gael in danger of creating political instability

Fine Gael’s stubborn insistence that it will not consider going into coalition with any other party or group of parties is in danger of creating political instability that could have far-reaching consequences for the economy and society as a whole.

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Michael McGrath: FF and FG still have 'significant policy differences'

Michael McGrath: FF and FG still have 'significant policy differences'

Opening government formation talks between Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael have established “common ground” but there are still "significant policy differences".

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Paschal Donohoe: Fine Gael still preparing for opposition despite 'fruitful' talks

Paschal Donohoe: Fine Gael still preparing for opposition despite 'fruitful' talks

Mr Donohoe was speaking after his party met Fianna Fáil to discuss housing, the cost of living, climate change and the National Development Plan.

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Dáil to debate how best to battle coronavirus but no Taoiseach vote

Dáil to debate how best to battle coronavirus but no Taoiseach vote

TDs will tomorrow debate how best to battle the coronavirus but there will be no vote for Taoiseach and the parliament will instead be adjourned for another fortnight.

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Fine Gael insist they won't go into Gov't after FF policy exchange

Fine Gael insist they won't go into Gov't after FF policy exchange

Leo Varadkar has insisted this is not the first meeting in negotiations to enter government, but rather exploratory talks.

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Danny Healy-Rae makes air ambulance a red-line issue

Danny Healy-Rae makes air ambulance a red-line issue

The formation of the next government could hinge on State funding for the country’s first charity air ambulance.

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Aoife Moore: Politicians should know better than to waste public's time

Aoife Moore: Politicians should know better than to waste public's time

The political sparring plays out in the media between Leo Varadkar and Mary Lou McDonald.

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