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Rural Ireland would have to be exempt from environmental measures like carbon tax if a group of Independent TDs is to join a government involving Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael and the Greens.

The warning came from Rural Independent Group TD Michael Collins as Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael last night responded to the Green Party's demands for beginning programme for government negotiations. The response was sent directly to Green Party leader Eamon Ryan.

Separately, Labour leader Alan Kelly set out a string of demands and questions that would have to be addressed by Mr Varadkar and Mr Martin if his party was to consider entering government talks.