Eamon Ryan feels a 'sense of responsibility' as Greens join Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael in government

Earlier, Fine Gael approved the proposed PfG by a margin of 80%-20% in their electoral college system.
Eamon Ryan feels a 'sense of responsibility' as Greens join Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael in government
Green Party leader Eamon Ryan

Green Party leader Eamon Ryan has said there is "a sense of responsibility" now on the party after 76% of members who voted backed the proposed programme for government with Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil, paving the way for the new coalition.

Returning officers Mary Ryder and Cormac Manning announced that 76% of members voted yes and 24% voted no, meaning the two-thirds threshold required was reached.

A special sitting of the Dáil will now proceed tomorrow in Dublin's convention centre, where Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin will be voted in as the new Taoiseach.

Under the coalition deal, he will hold the role until December 2022 wherein it will be rotated and Fine Gael leader Leo Varadkar will return to the position.

The centre is being used to accommodate all 160 TDs in the Dail and for social distancing purposes.

The approval of the Green party of the deal comes after Fine Gael and Fianna Fail members earlier also gave their backing.

The leaders of all three parties are understood to be still finalising the shake-up of departments and which ministers will run them ahead of the vote for Taoiseach.

Speaking tonight after the historic Green members vote, Mr Ryan said there was a "sense of responsibility” on the party now and it had “a job to do”

He also pledged that the Greens would work with their coalition partners as well as the Opposition in the Dail, to tackle issues such as sustaining the environment.

“Without stable nature, there is no security for any of us,” said Mr Ryan

Deputy leader Catherine Martin said that some members would be disappointed with the outcome, including the 457 who voted no out of the total valid poll of 1,892.

She said the overriding goal of the Greens in government would be the “implementation of policies”.

“We will work every day to ensure this programme for government works for everyone,” she insisted.

Earlier: Green Party join Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael in approving proposed programme for government

An historic programme for government deal has been agreed as the Green Party voted over 70% to back the three-way pact with Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael.

1,435 members voted in favour, while 457 voted against - meaning they met the two-thirds majority comfortably with 74% approving of the proposal.

Smiling Green parliamentarians were seen leaving Leinster House this evening as information came through of tallying of the vote.

Some two thirds of the voters were needed to back the proposed programme for government for it to be accepted by the Greens.

The result now means that the special Dáil sitting planned for tomorrow in Dublin's city centre will likely see Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin elected as Taoiseach.

He, Mr Ryan and Mr Varadkar are still understood to be finalising details about government departments and which ministers will be appointed.

Earlier, Fine Gael approved the proposed PfG by

Read More:

Fianna Fáil approved the programme for government, by a margin of

Read More:

- This story was first published at 7.54

More in this section

Lunchtime News Wrap

A lunchtime summary of content highlights on the Irish Examiner website. Delivered at 1pm each day.

Sign up