Friday 9 December 2016

Fine Gael and Fianna Fail finally agree to hold historic meeting on minority government

Published 09/04/2016 | 18:56

Micheal Martin and Enda Kenny
Micheal Martin and Enda Kenny

FINE Gael and Fianna Fail have finally agreed to meet to discuss how a minority government can be established.

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Both parties released joint statements this evening after agreeing to begin historic discussions on forming the next government on Saturday afternoon.

In the coming days, negotiating teams from Fianna Fail and Fine Gael will meet for the first-time as the country remains without a government for more than 40 days.

In a statement, the Fine Gael press office said: “Following exploratory talks this morning, Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil negotiating teams have agreed to meet early next week to discuss how a viable minority government would work.”

And in statement released at the same time, Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin said: “Following exploratory talks today, Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil have agreed to meet next week to discuss how a viable minority government would work.”

Fianna Fail’s negotiating team is Charlie McConalogue, Barry Cowen, Jim O’Callaghan and Michael McGrath.

Party leaders Enda Kenny and Micheal Martin
Party leaders Enda Kenny and Micheal Martin

Fine Gael has yet to decide who will represent the party at the talks likely to begin on either Monday or Tuesday.

There has been mounting pressure on both parties from Independent TDs to hold roundtable talks on how a minority government could be formed.

Fine Gael and Fianna Fail turned down an offer by the Independent Alliance to meet today.

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