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Simon Coveney and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar. Picture: Doug O'Connor

Simon Coveney and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar. Picture: Doug O'Connor

Simon Coveney and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar. Picture: Doug O'Connor

Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael are prepared to make major concessions on climate change to lure the Green Party into government.

The Civil War parties are prepared to consider significant shifts in policy that would likely require a million electric cars on the roads within five years, and greater investment in public transport.

It would also see more than 500,000 homes retrofitted, a dramatic cut back in the use of fossil fuels for electricity and heating, and increases in carbon tax.