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Ireland Ireland could soon be ruled by Fianna Fail-Fine Gael coalition as Civil War politics finally ends

10:15  22 february  2020
10:15  22 february  2020 Source:   msn.com

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Historical rivals, Fine Gael and Fianna Fail have swapped power at every election since emerging from the opposing sides of Ireland 's 1920s civil war . They have never formed a coalition together but facilitated one another in a minority government deal last time around. Varadkar's spokesman said on

Fianna Fáil supported Fine Gael in a confidence-and-supply agreement for the recently dissolved government, but the parties have never been in formal coalition and have traded power since independence in the 1920s. Despite winning the most first preference votes in the recent election

The country could soon be ruled by a Fianna Fail – Fine Gael coalition, finally ending the era of Civil War politics after nearly a century.

But it has emerged many backbenchers have grave reservations about such a move as it might not go down well with the electorate who voted for change.

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The leaders of both parties will get together next week after TDs failed to elect a taoiseach on Thursday, the first day of the new Dail.

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Historical rivals, Fine Gael and Fianna Fail have swapped power at every election since emerging from the opposing sides of Ireland ’s 1920s civil war . They have never formed a coalition together but facilitated one another in a minority government deal last time around. Varadkar’s spokesman said on

Historical rivals, Fine Gael and Fianna Fail have swapped power at every election since emerging from the opposing sides of Ireland 's 1920s civil war . They have never formed a coalition together but facilitated one another in a minority government deal last time around. Varadkar's spokesman said on

If the talks are successful it could result in some form of coalition with Fianna Fail as the lead party as they have marginally more seats.

Leo Varadkar, Micheal Martin are posing for a picture: Taoiseach and Fine Gael leader Leo Varadkar and Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin at the Virgin Media Television Studios for the General Election 2020 debate © MAXWELLPHOTOGRAPHY.IE Taoiseach and Fine Gael leader Leo Varadkar and Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin at the Virgin Media Television Studios for the General Election 2020 debate

It is also possible another contract and supply deal could be thrashed out with Fine Gael propping up Fianna Fail as Micheal Martin’s party did during the last Government.

Both are desperate to stop Sinn Fein taking control and might form a coalition to keep them out.

Speaking in Brussels, Leo Varadkar said Fine Gael would be willing to discuss forming a new Government out of respect for the 450,000 voters who backed them.

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Fianna Fail said last week that it would speak to smaller parties before Fine Gael , its historic rival. Martin cautioned that the process would be so Ireland ’s parliament will meet for the first time since the election on Thursday when Varadkar is obliged to put his name forward for re-election as prime

Over time, Fianna Fail and Fine Gael evolved to two sides of the same coin. The alternative could eventually be , after another election, a genuine left government which would dismantle the establishment that Ireland finally has finally grown up. Normal left versus right politics have arrived.

He added: “We are willing to talk to other parties about participating in Government if the opposition fails to put together a Government [but] that’s not something we’re planning to do or looking for.

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“It could really only ever happen on the basis that there is full respect for the fact we did win 450,000 votes in this election.

“We have 35 seats. We didn’t win this election but we have almost as many seats and votes as Fianna Fail and not that many fewer than Sinn Fein.

“But I don’t see any evidence yet that that’s not recognised by any other party.”

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Mr Varadkar tendered his resignation to President Michael D Higgins on Thursday night but he will remain in place as caretaker taoiseach until a new one is elected.

Yesterday he refused to speculate on what form a new Government might take.

Leo Varadkar et al. posing for the camera: An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar (L) and Irish Minister of State for European Affairs Helen McEntee (R) arrive at the second day of a Special European Council summit in Brussels, Belgium, 21 February 2020. © Provided by Irish Mirror An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar (L) and Irish Minister of State for European Affairs Helen McEntee (R) arrive at the second day of a Special European Council summit in Brussels, Belgium, 21 February 2020.

He said: “At that meeting [with Fianna Fail] we’ll discuss ways forward and I will then report to the Fine Gael parliamentary party, probably Wednesday or Thursday of next week, as to whether there is any basis for any further discussions.”

A Fine Gael spokesman said the date and time of the meeting has yet to be confirmed.

He added: “The Taoiseach spoke by phone to Micheal Martin yesterday evening. They agreed to meet in person early next week for exploratory talks.

“Fine Gael has also accepted the offer from the Greens for exploratory talks next week.”

Mr Varadkar said on Monday he was preparing to go into opposition and would only seek a coalition with Fianna Fail as “a last resort”.

On Thursday, the Dail failed to elect a taoiseach as none of the leaders of the four main political parties emerged with a majority.

Mr Varadkar, Mr Martin, Sinn Fein leader Mary Lou McDonald and Green Party leader Eamon Ryan were all nominated for the role.

Mary Lou McDonald sitting in front of a computer screen: Mary Lou's speaking in Dail Eireann © Provided by Irish Mirror Mary Lou's speaking in Dail Eireann

Ms McDonald received the most votes, 45, but was well short of the required figure of 80.

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Mr Martin got 41 votes while Mr Varadkar received 36 to hold on to the position, with 107 votes against and 16 abstentions.

Mr Ryan got 12 votes in his favour.

Meanwhile, Sinn Fein has been meeting with smaller parties and independent TDs in a bid to form a Government without Fine Gael or Fianna Fail. However, they may not have enough support to do so.

Mr Varadkar and Mr Martin have ruled out going into coalition with Sinn Fein, citing its left-wing economic policies and the party’s past links with the IRA.

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