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Martin's backing pushes Greens a step closer to deal

But many still unconvinced, including her husband

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Catherine Martin and her husband Francis Noel Duffy. Picture: Mark Condren

Catherine Martin and her husband Francis Noel Duffy. Picture: Mark Condren

Catherine Martin and her husband Francis Noel Duffy. Picture: Mark Condren

The Greens have moved a step closer to entering government after influential deputy leader Catherine Martin backed a historic coalition deal with Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael.

But the party split over the issue was underscored last night as her husband, fellow TD Francis Noel Duffy, rejected the programme for government that his wife helped negotiate, claiming it would make the Greens "complicit" in "regressive" policies.

Their disagreement played out amid a broader 'virtual' battle for the hearts, minds and votes of Green members.