Varadkar: General election not in Ireland’s interest

Varadkar: General election not in Ireland’s interest

A confidence and supply parliamentary arrangement means the minority Government is expected to last throughout next year.

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Micheál Martin denies signing 'cowardice-and-surrender' deal with Fine Gael

Micheál Martin denies signing 'cowardice-and-surrender' deal with Fine Gael

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has rejected claims he has signed up to a 'cowardice-and-surrender' deal with Fine Gael which risks destroying his party after a colleague hit out at the spring 2020 confidence and supply deal extension.

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Political opponents criticise confidence and supply extension

Political opponents criticise confidence and supply extension

The Confidence and Supply Agreement has been extended for one budget and an election will be held in early 2020 after deal reached between Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil

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Ministers’ confidence in supply of tea and biscuits

Ministers’ confidence in supply of tea and biscuits

“Ah, we are not doing much, only seeking to determine the future course of our country” — a quip from one senior politician when asked how the talks have been going, amid chatter that the two sides are simply sitting around drinking tea all day. The routine has become the same, writes Daniel McConnell.

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Ministers pressure Fianna Fáil for quick confidence and supply deal

Ministers pressure Fianna Fáil for quick confidence and supply deal

Ministers are increasing the pressure on Fianna Fáil to wrap up negotiations on a fresh confidence and supply deal in just a matter of weeks to safeguard the “stability” of the country.

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Micheál Martin: Cannot be a time limit on Confidence and Supply talks

Micheál Martin: Cannot be a time limit on Confidence and Supply talks

Talks are beginning between Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil this week to discuss extending the Confidence and Supply agreement.

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Government must be stable in Ireland ahead of Brexit, says Donohoe

Government must be stable in Ireland ahead of Brexit, says Donohoe

The Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe says the Government needs to know where it stands with Fianna Fáil on the Confidence and Supply agreement.

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Fine Gael’s double talk - ‘Parallel negotiation’ just a ruse?

Fine Gael’s double talk - ‘Parallel negotiation’ just a ruse?

Taken at face value, Regina Doherty’s argument for parallel negotiations between Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil on a new confidence-and-supply agreement and next month’s budget is persuasive.

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Government plan could scrap tax for many inheriting family home

Government plan could scrap tax for many inheriting family home

The new Government is planning to cut tax for people who inherit the family home.

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Ministers will have to bring me individually costed proposals, says Donohoe

Ministers will have to bring me individually costed proposals, says Donohoe

The new Public Expenditure Minister has said that the Programme for Government is costed and he'll only agree to proposals that make sense for the country.

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The idea we will all sit down and hold hands in the Dáil is ridiculous, says Doherty

The idea we will all sit down and hold hands in the Dáil is ridiculous, says Doherty

Sinn Féin's Finance Spokesperson Pearse Doherty believes the current government will last for less than two years.

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Programme for Government aims to make people's lives better, says Taoiseach

Programme for Government aims to make people's lives better, says Taoiseach

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has set out five priorities for his minority Government's first 100 days with ministers tasked with creating plans to tackle the housing crisis, rural broadband and hospital overcrowding.

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Charlie Flanagan calls on parties to 'work it out'

Charlie Flanagan calls on parties to 'work it out'

The Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan has called on opposition parties to play a "positive and constructive" role in their dealings with the new government.

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Taoiseach Enda Kenny announces new Cabinet

Taoiseach Enda Kenny announces new Cabinet

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has announced his new Cabinet, while includes demotions for senior ministers, new appointees, a 25-75% female-male split and three Independents at the cabinet table, write Fiachra Ó Cionnaith, Juno McEnroe and Elaine Loughlin.

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Kenny: Minority Government will be a great test of our democracy

Kenny: Minority Government will be a great test of our democracy

The new minority Government will test democracy and the character of politicians, re-elected Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said.

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€1.3bn spending boost agreed by new minority Government

€1.3bn spending boost agreed by new minority Government

An extra €1.3bn of spending power every year for the next five years has been agreed by the incoming minority Government and its backers.

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Live: Kenny elected Taoiseach, Harris replaces Varadkar as Minister for Health

Live: Kenny elected Taoiseach, Harris replaces Varadkar as Minister for Health

Latest: Simon Harris will replace Leo Varadkar as Minister for Health, and Frances Fitzgerald will be Tánaiste, Enda Kenny confirmed earlier.

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Live: Dáil approves Enda Kenny as Taoiseach

Live: Dáil approves Enda Kenny as Taoiseach

Latest: The Dáil has been suspended as Enda Kenny travels under Garda escort to Áras an Uachtaráin to receive his seal of office from the President.

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Mattie McGrath: I won't be voting for Kenny as Taoiseach

Mattie McGrath: I won't be voting for Kenny as Taoiseach

Update 11.36am: Independent TD Mattie McGrath has said he will not be voting for Enda Kenny as Taoiseach this afternoon.

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Minister Frances Fitzgerald calls for more women in cabinet

Minister Frances Fitzgerald calls for more women in cabinet

Acting Minister Frances Fitzgerald says a 50/50 gender split at cabinet level would lead to better decision making.

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Latest: Radical shake up of some Government departments likely

Latest: Radical shake up of some Government departments likely

Latest: Outgoing Junior Minister Simon Harris and Meath East TD Regina Doherty look set to be promoted to the senior Cabinet tomorrow by Enda Kenny, writes Daniel Mc Connell.

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Alan Kelly scathing on 'confidence and supply agreement'

Alan Kelly scathing on 'confidence and supply agreement'

The outgoing Environment Minister Alan Kelly has launched a scathing attack of the confidence and supply agreement between Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil.

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8,000 patients on trolleys last month, say nurses

8,000 patients on trolleys last month, say nurses

Latest: More than 8,000 patients spent time on trolleys waiting for beds in Irish hospitals last month, according to the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation.

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Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil unanimously adopt deal on Government

Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil unanimously adopt deal on Government

Latest: The Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil Parliamentary parties have tonight unanimously adopted the deal on Government.

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Second election 'would damage economy'

Second election 'would damage economy'

A leading economist has warned a second election would have a negative impact on the Irish economy.

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Fine Gael to publish potential Government talks deals with Independents

Fine Gael to publish potential Government talks deals with Independents

Latest: Meetings of the Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil Parliamentary Parties are underway to hear about the deal on Government formation.

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Government talks end without agreement

Government talks end without agreement

Divisions over the health crisis, political reform, rail links, state appointments and agriculture still threaten to derail talks between the Independent Alliance and Fine Gael about forming a Government, writes Daniel McConnell, political editor.

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Independent TDs arrive at Government Buildings for talks on entering minority government

Independent TDs arrive at Government Buildings for talks on entering minority government

The Rural Alliance of Independent TDs have arrived at Government Buildings to recommence talks with Fine Gael, writes Daniel McConnell, political editor.

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Independents setting out stall for supporting FG minority government

Independents setting out stall for supporting FG minority government

Waterford Independent TD John Halligan has said he needs a deal on cardiac care for the southeast or he will not back a Fine Gael minority Government, writes Daniel McConnell, Political Editor.

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FG TDs disagree on whether to reimburse water charges to those who paid

FG TDs disagree on whether to reimburse water charges to those who paid

Latest: Disagreement is emerging between Fine Gael TDs on whether or not water charges will be reimbursed.

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Minority Government deal reached between Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael

Minority Government deal reached between Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael

Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil have finally agreed a minority government deal after weeks of negotiations, paving the way now potentially for a vote for Taoiseach for next week, writes Irish Examiner political correspondent Juno McEnroe.

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FG TD Regina Doherty says Enda Kenny should be proud of government talks

FG TD Regina Doherty says Enda Kenny should be proud of government talks

A prominent member of the Fine Gael party has defended Enda Kenny's deal with Fianna Fáil to form a Government.

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Housing to top today's agenda at government talks

Housing to top today's agenda at government talks

Further talks are due today to finalise a deal which will pave the way for a Fine Gael-led minority Government.

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Government talks to resume tomorrow as Seanad seats continue to fill

Government talks to resume tomorrow as Seanad seats continue to fill

Talks between Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil on Government formation will resume tomorrow.

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McDonald criticises 'award-winning fudge' deal on water charges

McDonald criticises 'award-winning fudge' deal on water charges

Sinn Féin has labelled the latest deal on water charges “an award-winning fudge”.

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Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil close to deal on minority government after talks breakthrough

Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil close to deal on minority government after talks breakthrough

Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil are inching towards a deal on the formation of a minority government which could see Enda Kenny re-elected Taoiseach within days.

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'Water charges as you know them are gone'

'Water charges as you know them are gone'

Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil have edged closer to agreeing a government formation deal in a bid to avoid a snap election, after the government party was forced into a major water charges climbdown.

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Gerry Adams: Water statements no good unless TDs can vote to scrap charges

Gerry Adams: Water statements no good unless TDs can vote to scrap charges

The Dáil will debate water charges tomorrow - but a vote on scrapping or suspending them is unlikely.

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Enda Kenny thanks ministers for their service, raising question of second election

Enda Kenny thanks ministers for their service, raising question of second election

Acting Taoiseach Enda Kenny has raised the spectre of a second General Election, having told the Cabinet this morning that it was the very likely last time they would meet, write Daniel McConnell and Juno McEnroe.

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Politicians will be 'savaged' if election is called, says Carey

Politicians will be 'savaged' if election is called, says Carey

Former Fianna Fáil Minister Pat Carey has warned politicians would get an angry reception on the doorsteps if another election is called.

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Howlin: Fianna Fáil moving closer to Sinn Féin position on Irish Water

Howlin: Fianna Fáil moving closer to Sinn Féin position on Irish Water

Acting Minister for Public Reform Brendan Howlin has suggested that Fianna Fáil and Sinn Féin discuss a coalition, as they have similar positoins on Irish Water.

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Water is not the biggest issue in most households, says Coveney

Water is not the biggest issue in most households, says Coveney

Irish Water remains the major stumbling block for Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael as Government formation talks resume this morning.

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'No breakthrough' in latest round of Government talks

'No breakthrough' in latest round of Government talks

Talks between Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil have ended in stalemate this evening but are to reconvene tomorrow, writes Irish Examiner Political Editor Daniel McConnell.

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Fine Gael may suspend water bills to reach agreement with Fianna Fáil

Fine Gael may suspend water bills to reach agreement with Fianna Fáil

Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil representatives are due to meet again today, following direct talks between Micheál Martin and Enda Kenny at the weekend.

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Micheál Martin hoping for ‘resolution’ to government formation talks ‘early next week’

Micheál Martin hoping for ‘resolution’ to government formation talks ‘early next week’

Micheál Martin has said he hopes negotiations on the formation of a minority government can come to a conclusion early next week.

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O'Sullivan hopes for government formation talks deal

O'Sullivan hopes for government formation talks deal

The acting Education Minister Jan O'Sullivan has said she hopes Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil can agree a deal on some form of government.

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Mary Lou McDonald brands Fianna Fáil as “Sinn Féin lite”

Mary Lou McDonald brands Fianna Fáil as “Sinn Féin lite”

Mary Lou McDonald has dubbed Fianna Fáil as “Sinn Féin lite” for borrowing the election promise to scrap water charges.

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Government formation talks adjourned until Monday after leaders meet

Government formation talks adjourned until Monday after leaders meet

The leaders of Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil have met at Government Buildings this morning to discuss the impasse in forming a government.

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Enda Kenny and Micheál Martin set to speak again today

Enda Kenny and Micheál Martin set to speak again today

Enda Kenny and Micheál Martin spoke by telephone last night and have agreed to talk again today.

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Government formation talks break down without agreement; party leaders speak by phone

Government formation talks break down without agreement; party leaders speak by phone

Latest: Enda Kenny and Micheal Martin have spoken by telephone this evening to discuss the impasse.

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Dáil set to hear motion on immediate scrapping of water charges

Dáil set to hear motion on immediate scrapping of water charges

39 TDs have backed a Dáil motion to immediately scrap water charges and hold a referendum to prevent water services from privatisation, placing direct pressure on Fianna Fáil not refuse any Fine Gael deal that ignores their pre-election promises.

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Varadkar acknowledges ‘up front and very professional’ Fianna Fáil

Varadkar acknowledges ‘up front and very professional’ Fianna Fáil

Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil are once again back in talks on forming a government.

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Government talks: Coveney says no deal yet on water

Government talks: Coveney says no deal yet on water

Talks between Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil on the facilitation of a minority Government will centre on water charges when they resume later.

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