Saturday 2 August 2014

Deal done: Kenny and Burton policy talks conclude

Fionnan Sheahan

Published 10/07/2014|16:11

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Enda Kenny and Joan Burton pictured together earlier this year
Enda Kenny and Joan Burton pictured together earlier this year

Negotiations on the Coalition’s new deal are finished, Independent.ie has learned.

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But the timing of the announcement of the reshuffle is still unclear, with some Government figures expecting this evening – but most saying it will be tomorrow.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Tanaiste Joan Burton have agreed on the policy priorities for the remainder of the lifetime of the Government.

Finance Minister Michael Noonan and Public Spending Minister Brendan Howlin are also understood to have signed off on the agreement this afternoon.

“He [Mr Kenny] could go with it today. Everything is finished,” a senior Government source said about the reshuffle.

Alongside the reshuffle, the Government parties will publish a set of areas in the Programme for Government, which will get a particular focus over the next 21 months.

The reshuffle has to be announced in the Dail, which would require a change to the Order of Business.

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