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Ireland Fine Gael TDs won't vote on entering government talks with Fianna Fáil

07:55  19 march  2020
07:55  19 march  2020 Source:   independent.ie

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Fine Gael 's parliamentary party was due to meet this week to discuss entering into official programme for government talks with Fianna Fáil . A scheduled vote for Taoiseach due to take place on Thursday has been cancelled. But the Dáil will reconvene to vote on emergency measures to tackle

Fine Gael has said it will work progressively to form a new government , "but not at any cost". A Fine Gael TD has said the party's campaign message did not resonate in rural Ireland as TDs gathered for the first Enda Kenny told his colleagues that they had to assess the prospects for next Thursday's vote for Elsewhere, Fianna Fáil has decided to select a candidate for Ceann Comhairle next week.

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The Fine Gael parliamentary party will not vote on entering into formal government formation talks with Fianna Fáil.

The party will hold a parliamentary party meeting by conference call today and Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe said it was "unlikely" they would vote on coalition talks with Fianna Fáil.

Mr Donohoe said party members would be guided by leader Leo Varadkar's view on the talks.

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Talks between Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil have ended with agreement on the shape of a Fine Gael -led minority government that should last for three years. The agreement commits Fianna Fáil to backing three budgets, to not bringing the government down in confidence motions or objecting to reshuffles.

Fine Gael agreed at a parliamentary party meeting on Monday that the party could engage in exploratory talks but not in programme-for- government When asked by TheJournal.ie earlier this week if there will be a grand coalition between Fine Gael and with Fianna Fáil , Varadkar said: “I

For weeks, Mr Varadkar has insisted he could not enter into programme for government talks with Fianna Fáil as his party had not given him permission to advance negotiations. However, the Taoiseach will not officially ask his parliamentary party to ratify further talks with Fianna Fáil through a vote.

"We are in a completely different space now and the coronavirus dictates our every move," a Fine Gael source said.

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Fianna Fáil has been anxiously waiting to see the response of Fine Gael members to their intensified coalition talks.

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FINE GAEL MIGHT change its party rules to ensure that a special party conference will have to be convened if The Labour Party (which was in government with Fine Gael prior to 2016) voted on its party conference to There’s always the possibility of the “grand coalition” with Fianna Fáil , perhaps.

The second session of talks between Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil have finished and will resume in the morning. A number of party figures described the talks today at Trinity College in Dublin as positive. It is understand an economic paper was exchanged today between the two parties.

There is no expectation of major dissent within Fine Gael to the Taoiseach's plan to push ahead with talks.

The move follows a day of talks between Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael's negotiating teams on forming a coalition government. The focus of the negotiations was on coronavirus and the impact it will have on the economy.

Talks were scheduled for three days but were curtailed to allow ministers to work on tackling the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Dáil is also reconvening today to vote on emergency legislation to give the Government new powers to tackle the health crisis.

The new laws will give the State the ability to detain people and lock down entire communities if they believe it will stop the virus spreading.

They will also sign off on new welfare benefits for people who have lost their jobs due to the social distancing measures introduced over the last two weeks.

Parties and political groupings agreed to send representatives to the sitting rather than have all TDs attend.

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The four Fianna Fáil TDs involved in the controversy over voting have apologised in the Dáil. They expressed their regret in turn after Ceann Comhairle He apologised for “the fact that when I spokes to deputy Collins I gave him the impression that I would be in the chamber” for voting throughout the

It follows failed attempts by Fine Gael 's Enda Kenny and Fianna Fáil counterpart Micheál Martin to Independent TDs were not involved in the talks . Each party will continue separate parallel talks with On Wednesday, Enda Kenny was defeated by 80 votes to 51, while Micheál Martin was defeated by

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