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Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil back historic government deal, but Varadkar faces opposition from within

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Fianna Fáil’s Jim O’Callaghan warned of Sinn Féin attacks. Picture: Steve Humphreys

Fianna Fáil’s Jim O’Callaghan warned of Sinn Féin attacks. Picture: Steve Humphreys

Fianna Fáil’s Jim O’Callaghan warned of Sinn Féin attacks. Picture: Steve Humphreys

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said it will take until at least June to form a government as he faced opposition from Fine Gael ministers to a grand coalition with Fianna Fáil.

Mr Varadkar defended his deal with Micheál Martin in a teleconference with TDs and senators yesterday, insisting the framework document negotiated between the two parties contains "solid Fine Gael thinking" on areas such as tax and capital investment.

On the day their historic plan to govern together was published, the two party leaders faced contrasting moods in their parties.