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# government-formation - Wednesday 29 April, 2020

FF and FG tell the Greens they want to 'tease out' how 7% emissions reduction might be achieved

Responding in a letter to the Green Party, Martin and Varadkar make a number of commitments.

# government-formation - Tuesday 28 April, 2020

Labour Party asks Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil five questions on government formation

Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael are due to respond to the Greens’ questions in a letter to be sent this afternoon.

McDonald writes to Taoiseach about getting cross-party buy in for lifting of restrictions plan

McDonald has criticised recent kite-flying by government about lifting restrictions.

# government-formation - Sunday 26 April, 2020

Harris to smaller parties: 'Come on over, give us a hand, work with us through this pandemic'

Talks on government formation are expected to ratchet up from this week.

# government-formation - Friday 24 April, 2020

Varadkar hopes the Green Party will soon decide to enter into formal talks on government formation

Roscommon TD Denis Naughten has been critical of some of the Green Party’s environmental policies.

# government-formation - Thursday 23 April, 2020

Green Party outline 17 demands for entering a coalition with Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael

The party wants a reduction in carbon emissions and more spending on cycling.

# government-formation - Wednesday 22 April, 2020

Eamon Ryan dismisses suggestion of him becoming the next Taoiseach

When it was suggested to him that Ryan could become Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar replied that he would “listen to any proposal”.

'Fianna Fáil is struggling with its identity, but we are up for the challenges ahead'

Malcolm Byrne says Confidence and Supply didn’t yield much for Fianna Fáil and there’s now understandable anxiety in the party about coalition with FG.

# government-formation - Saturday 18 April, 2020

Fianna Fáil leadership can't say if a postal vote for members on a Fine Gael coalition will happen

Dara Calleary and Micheál Martin have both said it’s going to be difficult.

# government-formation - Friday 17 April, 2020

Bertie Ahern says Micheál Martin will want the first go at being Taoiseach

Ahern said Martin is “old” as Fianna Fáil Taoisigh go.

Soc Dems meet to consider FF-FG policy doc, but they want more detail

The party wrote to Micheál Martin and Leo Varadkar asking for more detail about the fiscal underpinning.

# government-formation - Thursday 16 April, 2020

Greens want more detail on emission targets and housing from FF-FG

Green Party leader Eamon Ryan said the document was ‘vague’.

Doherty says Sinn Féin would be 'laughed at' if party produced same document as Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil

Micheál Martin has defended the policy framework document.

# government-formation - Wednesday 15 April, 2020

FF meeting told policy doc missing promises of 'free Wifi and Netflix' while FG worry about future 'death struggle'

Fine Gael and Fianna Fail both gave the green light to proceed with talks.

FF-FG framework doc for the next government is out, here's what's in it

The document will soon be given to smaller parties in a bid to convince them to join a coalition government.

# government-formation - Tuesday 14 April, 2020

Leo and Micheál agree to enter government with 'full and equal partnership' between two parties

Fine Gael has a task on its hands to convince grassroots members to sign up to coaltion government.

# government-formation - Tuesday 7 April, 2020

Kelly ‘doesn’t believe’ Labour will enter coalition, but Tánaiste says framework doc might change their response

Simon Coveney said parties might ‘pause for thought and perhaps change their approach’ when they read the document.

# government-formation - Wednesday 1 April, 2020

Leo Varadkar: Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil could agree basis for government by next week

“We hope certainly this week, or next week, to agree a joint document with them,” the Taoiseach said.

# government-formation - Tuesday 31 March, 2020

Dáil to sit on Thursday, but Labour TDs will stay at home to support the 'national effort'

Alan Kelly and Ged Nash will publish subtitled videos of their statements on social media.

# government-formation - Wednesday 25 March, 2020

# government-formation - Wednesday 18 March, 2020

Talks between Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael will resume today

Last week, the Green Party effectively ruled out joining a Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil government.

# government-formation - Sunday 15 March, 2020

Micheál Martin says FF ready to 'step up' and form coalition with FG to tackle coronavirus

The Fianna Fáil leader said that government formation talks needed to be expedited.

# government-formation - Wednesday 11 March, 2020

'We need a government': Covid-19 brings 'urgency' to FF-FG government talks

Michael McGrath says ‘a government with authority, with a mandate’ is needed.

# government-formation - Tuesday 10 March, 2020

Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil to enter 'detailed' talks on government formation as 'equal partners'

Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil are a step closer to forming a government together following a joint statement this evening.

# government-formation - Sunday 8 March, 2020

Fianna Fáil TDs suggest all-party 'national government' to tackle Covid-19 threat

A government spokesperson said that any new government wouldn’t make it easier to deal with Covid-19.

# government-formation - Wednesday 4 March, 2020

Ross warns against including Rural Independents in government, says Greens 'mad projects' will cost taxpayers

The transport minister said his new speeding laws are in peril.

# government-formation - Tuesday 3 March, 2020

Mary Lou says letter to Leo is on the way after Taoiseach accused SF of snubbing talks offer

McDonald says she will return to the Dail on Thursday.

# government-formation - Monday 2 March, 2020

Pressure mounts to hold fresh vote for Taoiseach this week

As of yet, no submission has been made to the Business Committee.

Greens should be 'extremely' careful about going into government with FG or FF, says ex-Labour minister

Jan O’Sullivan said that the Greens needed to ‘tie down’ any commitments from the two parties.

# government-formation - Thursday 27 February, 2020

Fianna Fáil says position that a rent freeze is unconstitutional has not changed since the election

The issue of a rent freeze was discussed with the Green Party.

# government-formation - Wednesday 26 February, 2020

Fine Gael meeting hears party 'wouldn't be worse off' by another election and might even pick up more seats

Concerned TDs also voiced concerns that Green Party policies would be a hard sell in rural Ireland.

Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil to hold a one-day policy seminar next week

The Dáil will reconvene on 5 March to discuss the European Council meeting and the Coronavirus outbreak.

# government-formation - Tuesday 25 February, 2020

Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil to meet for preliminary talks around government formation today

The two parties will both meet with the Green Party separately later this week.

# government-formation - Sunday 23 February, 2020

Party leaders planning new week of talks but still no sign of government being formed

Fine Gael TD Helen McEntee said people need to respect that the party will not go into government with Sinn Féin.

# government-formation - Saturday 22 February, 2020

# government-formation - Thursday 20 February, 2020

Posh silverware, maiden speeches and tetchy barbs - here's how the first day of the 33rd Dáil played out

Leo Varadkar tendered his resignation as Taoiseach this evening.

Mary Lou receives most Dáil votes, but no Taoiseach has been elected today

The 33rd Dáil convened today in Leinster House.

# government-formation - Wednesday 19 February, 2020

It took absolutely ages to form a government in 2016. Here's what happened

It took 70 days last time out. Could it take as long this time?

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.