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Historic political deal finally gets Green light

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Taoiseach in waiting: Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin looks pleased after the vote by the party membership to approve the deal. Photo: Gerry Mooney

Taoiseach in waiting: Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin looks pleased after the vote by the party membership to approve the deal. Photo: Gerry Mooney

Taoiseach in waiting: Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin looks pleased after the vote by the party membership to approve the deal. Photo: Gerry Mooney

Micheál Martin will be elected Taoiseach today after the three parties destined for power voted overwhelmingly for the historic government deal.

Despite fears they would not back the deal, more than two-thirds of the Green Party's membership were in favour of entering government with Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael.

The two Civil War parties also put aside a century-old rivalry to support the deal. It means the country's two biggest political parties will share power for the first time in the history of the State.

Mr Martin will now finally become leader of the country after a more than three-decade career in politics.

Mr Varadkar, meanwhile, is due to return to the Taoiseach's office in two-and-a-half years' time.

Green Party leader Eamon Ryan will serve as Climate Action and Transport Minister in the new government.

Irish Independent