Monday 17 June 2019

Explained: What is the Confidence and Supply deal?

Move: Taoiseach Leo Varadkar; Kevin Wall, CEO, Barclays Bank Ireland; Helen Keelan, Chairperson; and Jes Staley, Group Chief Executive; at the opening of Barclays’ new Irish office in Dublin. Photo: Naoise Culhane Photography
Move: Taoiseach Leo Varadkar; Kevin Wall, CEO, Barclays Bank Ireland; Helen Keelan, Chairperson; and Jes Staley, Group Chief Executive; at the opening of Barclays’ new Irish office in Dublin. Photo: Naoise Culhane Photography
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Under the deal, Fianna Fáil agrees to:

  • Abstain in the election of Taoiseach, nomination of ministers and also the reshuffling of ministers;
  • Facilitate budget votes in the Dáil;
  • Vote against or abstain on motions of no confidence in government or ministers;
  • Maintain pairing deals for EU Council meetings and other government business.

The Fine Gael-led minority government agrees to:

  • Accept that Fianna Fáil remains an independent party in its Opposition capacity;
  • Recognise Fianna Fáil's right to bring forward policy proposals and bills;
  • Publish all agreements with Independent TDs;
  • Allow any Opposition bills to pass second stage and proceed to committee stage within 10 working weeks;
  • Implement a series of agreed policy principles such as introducing budgets with a 2:1 split in favour of spending over taxation cuts;
  • Have an open approach to avoid policy surprises.

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