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# government formation

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# Cabinet Reshuffle
Varadkar to seek promises from ministers he appoints that they'll be seeking re-election
Varadkar told his parliamentary party last night he will be giving the formation of the new Government a lot of thought over coming days.
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# government formation
‘Long way to go’ in talks to form German government – Green leader
The centre-left Social Democrats, the Greens and the pro-business Free Democrats have held talks following the election last month.
# war is over
From 'unthinkable' to inevitable: How FF and FG learned to stop worrying and enter coalition
It was “unthinkable” a few generations ago, but the two old enemies have now entered government.
# Changes
Explainer: What's in the FF-FG-Green programme for government?
The details of the programme for government negotiated by the three parties.
# government formation
It's a yes: FF, FG and Greens to enter coalition after members back government deal
Martin can expect to be elected taoiseach when the Dáil meets in the Convention Centre tomorrow.
# Final Countdown
The votes are in: Here's when we'll know whether FF, FG and the Greens can form a government
The count results from the Green Party, Fianna Fáil, and Fine Gael are expected to be announced.
# Eurogroup
Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe puts name forward for top EU job
Donohoe said it would be a “tremendous honour” to lead the Eurogroup through the challenges ahead.
# draft deal
Eamon Ryan: No one has 'discussed or agreed' alternative approach if PfG rejected
The Green Party leader said he hopes the programme for government is approved on Friday.
# government formation
If government deal falls, FF would look to Independents and smaller parties, as the Sinn Féin question is asked again
Postal votes on the programme for government will be counted on Friday.
# government formation
If PfG is rejected, Micheál Martin says 'there is no Plan B' while Mary Lou McDonald says 'there will have to be talks'
Members of Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael and the Green Party are currently voting on a proposed programme for government.
# feet under the table
The top jobs: Who is likely to take a seat at the Cabinet table?
Micheál Martin, Leo Varadkar and Eamon Ryan will be carving up the Cabinet positions. Here’s who we predict.
# greens in government
Green Party division on entering government laid bare as party concludes online convention
About 2,600 members of the Green Party registered to watch the online convention.
# Green Light
Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael and Green Party parliamentary members endorse programme for government
The Green Party have voted in favour of the proposed programme for government but there have been four abstentions.
# government formation
What happens next?: A new Taoiseach, postal votes and a Dáil sitting in the Convention Centre
Micheál Martin is set to take over as Taoiseach at the end of the month, while Leo Varadkar will become Tánaiste.
# New Rules
Carbon, cycling and housing: The main points in the draft programme for government
Here are the main things to know from the document published today.
# government formation
Agreed timeline for rotating Taoiseach will see Martin take reins until end of 2022
Micheál Martin will be Taoiseach for the first two years of the next government, before Leo Varadkar takes the top job again.
# government formation
Leaders of Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael and Green Party agree on draft programme for government
The programme will now have to be voted on by the parties’ members.
# government formation
No deal reached on government formation with party leader talks to resume
It is expected a deal will be signed off.
# government formation
Talks down to the wire as teams push to agree programme for government this weekend
Negotiators from Fianna Fail, Fine Gael and the Green Party are set to continue their talks into the weekend.
# Ombudsman
Ombudsman expresses 'grave concern' over potential abolition of Department of Children
The Children’s Ombudsman has written a letter to the three party leaders involved in government formation talks.
# Get in Formation
Still some 'heavy lifting' to be done in government formation talks, as teams work towards weekend deal
It is understood some progress was made in relation to agriculture and emissions, with parties signing off on the 7% target.
# Final Countdown
Independents more stable than the Greens in government, says minister as weekend deadline set for deal
The deadlines for getting a deal done have been successfully pushed back in recent days.
# Getting there
'Progress made' but no breakthrough yet in Fine Gael, Fianna Fáil and Green Party coalition talks
Good progress was made yesterday but there is still disagreement on some issues according to Fine Gael’s Martin Heydon.
# government formation
Greens, FF and FG to meet today for plenary session on programme for government
All sides will attempt to agree a significant number of policies today.
# government formation
Fine Gael 'treads carefully', but Fianna Fáil is eager to fast-track reopening of the country
Senior figures in Fianna Fáil have been questioning some of the guidelines this week.
Voices
Opinion: 'Caretaker governments without any limitations on powers do no favours for democracy'
Barrister Hugh O’Donnell says ministers still holding power despite losing their seats is untenable in the long run.
# government formation
Eamon Ryan says he wasn't thrown by letter that urged Catherine Martin to contest leadership
Government formation talks continue this week with a view to getting a government up and running by June.
# Podcast
The Explainer: 100 days after the election, what's happening with government formation?
Yep, we still don’t have a government yet… we take a look at what’s going on.
# Eamon Ryan
Catherine Martin will give 'serious consideration' to contesting the Green Party leadership
While the party talks about entering government, it has another battle on its hands.
# Government talks
Contingency plans for another election spark row between Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil
Leo Varadkar is to contact Micheál Martin today over comments made by two Fianna Fáil TDs.
# labour out
Labour Party rules itself out of joining a FF-FG coalition government
Varadkar said he was disappointed to hear the Labour Party had stepped back from talks.
# Soc Dems Out
Social Democrats rule out entering coalition with Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael
The party raised concerns about austerity in the aftermath of the Covid-19 pandemic.
# Get in Formation
Full week of meetings as FG and FF step up government formation talks with Green Party
The formal negotiations are set to last until the end of the month.
# Coronavirus
Cabinet decision about Leaving Cert exams to be announced this afternoon, Taoiseach confirms
Leo Varadkar spoke to Pat Kenny on Newstalk this morning.
# government formation
Ambitious emissions targets will cost the taxpayer, says top government official
A 7% reduction in emissions year-on-year is a red line for the Green Party.
# government formation
FF and FG give assurances on Sláintecare as talks get underway with the Greens
The Green Party entered into formal talks with Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael today.
# FF-FG-GR
Varadkar tells party he's confident new government can be in place by next month
The Taoiseach said he is confident the talks between his own party, Fianna Fáil and the Greens will be successful.
# government formation
Green Party will enter coalition talks with Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil
The leaders of FG and FF have both welcomed this development.
# Opinion Poll
Support for Fine Gael increases to 35% while Fianna Fáil is down four points, latest poll shows
Support for Sinn Féin now stands at 27%.
# government formation
Harris warns government 'not sustainable for much longer', Donohoe sets July deadline to pass new legislation
The Greens’ parliamentary party members are due to resume talks today on whether or not they will enter government formation talks.