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Greens' deputy leader Martin now the pivotal figure in coalition talks

John Downing



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Holding firm: Catherine Martin, deputy leader of the Green Party

Holding firm: Catherine Martin, deputy leader of the Green Party

Holding firm: Catherine Martin, deputy leader of the Green Party

It is, to put it mildly, a strange situation. Catherine Martin, deputy leader of the Green Party, is odds-on to take a heavy-hitting cabinet post if a three-party coalition deal can be done with Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil.

But she is against opening those coalition talks right now because she believes Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael needed to deliver "greater clarity" on their intentions.

The Dublin-Rathdown TD had a very tetchy public exchange with Tánaiste and deputy Fine Gael leader Simon Coveney last Friday on the vexed issue of 7pc-per-year carbon emission reductions.