Thursday 17 January 2019

What is the Confidence and Supply deal? The main points outlined

Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin speaks to the media on the plinth at Leinster House in Dublin. Photo: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin speaks to the media on the plinth at Leinster House in Dublin. Photo: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
Kevin Doyle

Kevin Doyle

So, what is the Confidence and Supply deal?

Under the deal, Fianna Fáil agrees to:

* Abstain in the election of Taoiseach, nomination of ministers and also the reshuffling of ministers.

* Facilitate budget votes in the Dáil

* Vote against or abstain on any motions of no confidence in the government or ministers.

* Maintain pairing arrangements for EU Council meetings and other government business as agreed.

The Fine Gael-led minority government agrees to:

* Accept that Fianna Fáil is an independent party in opposition.

* Recognise Fianna Fáil’s right to bring forward policy proposals and bills.

* Publish all agreements with Independent deputies.

* Allow any opposition bills pass second stage and proceed to committee stage within 10 working weeks.

* Implement a series of agreed policy principles such as introducing budgets with a 2:1 split in favour of spending over taxation cuts.

* Have an open approach to avoid policy surprises.

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