Wednesday 26 October 2016

61 days since the General Election - so what will happen next?

Barry Lennon

Published 28/04/2016 | 12:22

Enda Kenny. Photo: Frank McGrath
Enda Kenny. Photo: Frank McGrath

It’s been 61 days since the results of the General Election became known, so what next?

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1. Deal time for Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil

The talks have jumped the largest hurdle on Irish Water after Fianna Fáil dug in their heals and secured a suspension of charges.

While there are still other policy areas and technicalities to be agreed, Micheál Martin and Enda Kenny are expected to put pen to paper within the next 48 hours.

2. Back to the Independents

Enda Kenny managed to secure the support of one Independent TD Katherine Zappone ahead of the last vote for Taoiseach.

And Tipperary TD Michael Lowry will also vote for the Fine Gael leader next time round.

This leaves with Mr Kenny with 52 votes - six short of the required number to form a minority government.

We can expect several days of talks with the Independents as Fine Gael offers sweeteners in return for votes.

3. Fantasy Cabinet

Will Michael Noonan remain on as Finance Minister, and which female politicians will Enda Kenny promote to the top table?

These are some of the questions on the lips of Fine Gael TDs as Mr Kenny considers his next Cabinet.

It’s also expected that a number of Independents will be handed positions as a part of their deal with Fine Gael.

4. Meet your new senators

As the government formation talks have dragged on, another election has been taking place beside the members’ restaurant in Leinster House.

The makeup of the new Seanad will be known by Friday - and there are plenty of new faces and names to get used to.

5. Enda’s special day

He may have to wait until late next week, but Enda Kenny will finally make history when he becomes the first Fine Gael leader to be-re-elected.

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