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Teaming up: Micheál Martin (left) and Leo Varadkar will swap roles at the head of the new government. Photo: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Teaming up: Micheál Martin (left) and Leo Varadkar will swap roles at the head of the new government. Photo: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Teaming up: Micheál Martin (left) and Leo Varadkar will swap roles at the head of the new government. Photo: Niall Carson/PA Wire

The leaders of Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil are poised to strike a historic deal that could see the two Civil War parties enter into coalition government together for the first time.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Micheál Martin will meet as early as today to thrash out the details of a framework document.

It is designed to lure smaller parties into the majority government the two leaders insist is needed to tackle the fallout from the coronavirus crisis.