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The cabinet, including the three ministers who lost their seats, will meet tomorrow

Things might be a bit awkward for James Reilly, Alex White and Ged Nash.

James Reilly lost his seat in Dublin Fingal at the weekend but is still the Minister for Children.
James Reilly lost his seat in Dublin Fingal at the weekend but is still the Minister for Children.
Image: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland

THE CABINET IS to meet tomorrow for the first time since the general election result with three ministers who lost their seats all set to attend.

Constitutionally, the Taoiseach, Tánaiste and ministers retain their positions until a new Taoiseach is elected and forms a new government to replace them.

With no clear outcome from Friday’s election it is likely that the current Fine Gael/Labour government will remain on in a caretaker role for a number of weeks and will conduct the normal business of state in the interim.

Tomorrow’s meeting at Government Buildings is due to get underway at 2.30pm.

Labour’s Communications Minister Alex White and ‘super junior’ Minister Ged Nash and Fine Gael’s Children’s Minister James Reilly, who all lost their Dáil seats at the weekend, will be in attendance.

Discussions are likely to focus on what options there are for forming a new government although many expect that Labour, while remaining on in the interim, will go into opposition in the next Dáil.

The 32nd Dáil will sit for the first time on Thursday week where it is likely that no Taoiseach will be elected.

The house will then adjourn to allow for further negotiations between the parties. The government will remain in place, with Kenny leading it, while this happens.

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