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Kenny hopeful of being re-elected as Taoiseach in the coming hours

Independents studying ‘A Partnership for a Fairer Ireland’

Kevin Doyle Group Political Editor

Published 05/05/2016 | 10:55

Enda Kenny. Photo: Reuters
Enda Kenny. Photo: Reuters

TAOISEACH Enda Kenny has indicated that he hopes to Independents will sign-off on a programme for government before the Dáil adjourns at 4.30pm today.

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The Fine Gael leader said it was not yet possible to know for definite when the final breakthrough will come.

“To be straight up about it I can’t say that the matter will be concluded,” he told Fianna Fáil’s Micheál Martin this morning.

Mr Martin had asked whether the Dáil might have to sit tomorrow to allow for a fourth and final attempt at election a Taoiseach.

Mr Kenny said a “great deal of drafting” was done overnight on a document which is now being discussed with TDs from the Independent Alliance, Rural Five and a small number of others.

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He indicated the new programme for government will have the title: “Partnership for a Fairer Ireland”.

The entire Dáil day has been set aside for a debate on gangland crime and garda resources – but Mr Kenny said he would return to the House with an update if progress is made.

Earlier, Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney said he believes a vote for Taoiseach can take place today.

He added that a Government could be in place by the weekend.

Minister Frances Fitzgerald agreed a that a deal could be done today if Independents sign up to it.

"It is however up to Enda Kenny when a Cabinet is formed," she added.

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