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Saturday 10 December 2016

Fianna Fail rank and file to vote on Fine Gael coalition

Independent.ie News Desk

Published 18/04/2015 | 11:01

Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin
Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin

MEMBERS of Fianna Fail will vote at the party's Ard Fheis next weekend on whether it should rule out going into coalition with Fine Gael after the next general election

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The party will not go into government as a minority partner if a planned vote passes.

Party members are expected to vote on a range of motions in relation to post-election coalitions, with two specifically ruling out any kind of deal with Fine Gael, at its party conference in the RDS in Dublin next Friday and Saturday.

New rules introduced in 2013 mean Fianna Fail must convene a special party conference should they wish to enter a coalition.

“A draft programme for government must be presented to voting members of the organisation for approval at a special Ard Fheis [party conference] before any such government can be formed,” it states.

“One member, one vote basis to accept or reject the draft programme.”

Micheal Martin
Micheal Martin

“Only if a simple majority of those casting valid votes vote in favour of the draft programme for government shall it be approved.”

The vote next weekend at the RDS is expected to provide an early indication of the general attitude of Fianna Fail rank-and-file members, the Irish Times reports.

Motions have come in from several different party branches across the country, all of which are likely to be bunched together for one single debate.

The Ard Fheis is expected to endorse the position that Fianna Fail should not enter government as a minority coalition partner, while also ruling out going into government with Fine Gael and Sinn Fein.

Further changes regarding how the party elects a leader will also be voted.

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