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How the next few days will define Irish politics


Convention Centre Dublin

Convention Centre Dublin

Convention Centre Dublin

Senior figures in Fianna Fail, Fine Gael and the Green Party will spend the coming days tirelessly campaigning through virtual teleconference meetings and over the phone in the hope of convincing their members to vote in favour of the programme for government.

On Friday, June 26, the votes of all three parties will be counted and announced simultaneously. If all three parties vote for the deal, it clears the way for a vote for Taoiseach the following day.

If all goes according to plan, TDs will gather in the Convention Centre on Dublin's Docklands at around midday on Saturday, where the Dail will be held to allow for social distancing.

The main auditorium will host the vote while other rooms will be assigned to each party.

If he is elected, Micheal Martin would then travel to Aras an Uachtarain where he will receive his seal of office from President Michael D Higgins.

He would then return to Government Buildings, where he, along with Leo Varadkar and Eamon Ryan, would decide on cabinet seats.

They would then return to the Convention Centre to have the appointments ratified by the Dail.

Usually a bus would drive the ministers to the Aras, but due to the pandemic, ministers will be expected to drive separately.

On arrival, they will be taken to the Douglas Hyde room in an ancillary building that allows for social distancing.

In normal times, they would be greeted by President Higgins in the State Reception Room.

It is expected the seals of office will be set out on a table for each minister, rather than being personally given to them by the President.

After the ceremony, the Douglas Hyde room will be reconfigured to allow the new Taoiseach and his ministers hold their first cabinet meeting.

After that the hard work begins and ministers will start reading into their briefs ahead of the Dail resuming the following week.

Sunday Independent