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#ge2020

# ge2020 - Yesterday’s News

The Explainer: Why don't we have a government yet?

We get you up to speed with what exactly is happening.

Varadkar says FG isn't planning on entering government, but will meet with Martin early next week

TDs yesterday failed to elect a new Taoiseach on the first day of the 33rd Dáil.

Lise Hand: After a long day, the prospect of an 'accidental' Green Taoiseach gave us 15 seconds of comedic drama

The vote for a new chieftan had none of the usual frisson of anxiety and anticipation, writes Lise Hand.

# ge2020 - Wednesday 19 February, 2020

Micheál Martin announces FF negotiating team, but says coalition with SF 'not the right thing to do'

Martin says he has written to Mary Lou McDonald explaining why Fianna Fáil won’t go into coalition with Sinn Féin.

Healy Raes question SF on election promise funding, saying there's 'no such thing as a free lunch'

Pearse Doherty hit out against Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael for refusing to engage with Sinn Féin.

# ge2020 - Tuesday 18 February, 2020

Sinn Féin enter Government Buildings for talks with top civil servants

The party will discuss with government officials how its commitments on housing, health, and preparing for Irish unity can be delivered.

Social Democrats accuse Fine Gael of 'game-playing' and cancel meeting

Leo Varadkar last night said his party is “preparing to go into opposition”.

# ge2020 - Monday 17 February, 2020

Fine Gael 'preparing to go into opposition' following marathon parliamentary party meeting

The party held its first parliamentary party meeting since the election today.

Here's who is in the mix for the job of keeping order in the next Dáil

Social Democrats TD Catherine Murphy is not ruling herself out of the running for Ceann Comhairle.

As government-formation dance continues, Mary Lou McDonald does the Macarena Move With Me This post contains videos

As government-formation dance continues, Mary Lou McDonald does the Macarena

The Sinn Féin leader said talks will intensify with smaller parties this week in a bid to form a left-leaning government.

'We are not ruling it out': Fine Gael is open to going into government with Fianna Fáil

The party’s 35 TDs will meet today following one of its worst general election performances ever.

# ge2020 - Sunday 16 February, 2020

Quiz: How close were you paying attention to the general election campaign?

It must be still fresh in your head, mustn’t it?

Bertie Ahern says FF-FG government must involve Greens and SocDems to 'reflect change'

The former Taoiseach predicted a new government won’t be formed by the end of March.

Greens to invite parties to discuss how new government could deliver on housing, health and climate

With 12 TDs elected last week, the Green Party is now the fourth biggest party in the Dáil.

Dublin needs a new Lord Mayor and Councils need 34 new representatives after General Election

When a sitting Councillor is elected to Dáil Eireann what’s known as a “casual vacancy” arises.

'No paper candidates': How the Social Democrats' GE2020 strategy reaped electoral success

The Social Democrats jumped from two TDs to six in the general election.

'Surprised, not shocked': What do the North's politicians make of the Sinn Féin surge?

Unionists and nationalists all agree that Sinn Féin is a powerful electoral force.

# ge2020 - Saturday 15 February, 2020

Quiz: How well do you know our new batch of TDs?

Test yourself (quickly, before another election is called).

'Radical policy', 'throw in the towel' and 'grownups talking': Main parties clash again on government formation

Darragh O’Brien (FF), Louise O’Reilly (SF) and Helen McEntee (FG) clashed on the airwaves this afternoon.

As Greens weigh up options, new TDs say they don't envisage any splits on 'red line' issues

With 12 TDs, the Green Party is now the fourth biggest party in the Dáil.

Election posters need to be taken down by midnight tonight

If you spot a poster around your area after today, contact your local authority.

# ge2020 - Friday 14 February, 2020

Éamon Ó Cuív says he's 'completely against' Fianna Fáil going into coalition with Fine Gael and Greens

The Galway West TD said this type of coalition is the only option that would give a Dáil majority.

Mary Lou McDonald: 'Quite disgraceful' that Sinn Féin excluded by FF and FG

McDonald is to call Micheál Martin this afternoon, but, as she said: “not to shoot the breeze or to exchange Valentine’s Day greetings”.

A century of splits and the 'passing on of authority' : How does the modern Sinn Féin trace its roots back to the civil war?

The party of today owes its success to the peace process, writes Brian Hanley.

Ruth Coppinger to contest Seanad election after losing Dáil seat

A number of former TDs are expected to launch Seanad bids.

# ge2020 - Thursday 13 February, 2020

Micheál Martin 'can't rule out another general election' after rejecting talks with Sinn Féin

Micheál Martin told a parliamentary party meeting that principles can’t change overnight.

As new SF TDs arrive at Leinster House, McDonald says it will be 'very difficult' to form government without FF or FG

Newly election SF TDs met for the first time today.

New group of rural independent TDs 'willing to engage with all parties' to help form government

The Rural Independent Group comprises Mattie McGrath, Michael Collins, Carol Nolan, Michael Healy-Rae and Danny Healy-Rae.

Opinion: Last Saturday, I voted for the first time as an Irish citizen. It was a gift I will cherish

I have never had the freedom to vote before, writes Razan Ibrahim.

Mary Lou McDonald has contacted Micheál Martin to seek a meeting about government formation

It comes ahead of a meeting of the Fianna Fáil parliamentary party later today.

'The next generation': Who is likely to put their name forward as the next Labour leader?

There are four main contenders for the job to replace Brendan Howlin, but the task ahead for the winner is immense.

# ge2020 - Wednesday 12 February, 2020

Poll: Would you prefer a 'rotating Taoiseach' system? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Would you prefer a 'rotating Taoiseach' system?

The idea has been brought up recently, and not for the first time.

Opinion: This Irish election result was not an ideological vote, it was an angry one

The shift to the left, including the swing to Sinn Féin, is more about voters’ anger at Fine Gael, writes Larry Donnelly.

What next for Leo? No mutterings of heaves, but will Varadkar be able for the opposition benches?

Big players in Fine Gael are backing Leo Varadkar after a bad election for the party.

Labour hits rock bottom and the second-shortest serving TD ever: 6 election records made this year

The records behind the rise of Sinn Féin during the election tell their own story.

How did they do it? Sinn Féin's historic 24% win was built on learnt lessons and a fed-up electorate

Sinn Féin gathered 9% of first preferences in the local elections – now the party has increased Dáil seats from 22 to 37.

# ge2020 - Tuesday 11 February, 2020

Explainer: What is a 'rotating taoiseach' and how would it work?

The idea is one of the options being floated ahead of potential coalition talks.

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