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Philip Ryan


The coalition deal may have been done, but the 'Covid unknown' will be tough territory for the three parties involved, writes Philip Ryan

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Fine Gael leader Leo Varadkar. Photo: Gerry Mooney

Fine Gael leader Leo Varadkar. Photo: Gerry Mooney

Fine Gael leader Leo Varadkar. Photo: Gerry Mooney

After a particularly bruising day of talks the weekend before the deal was done, there was a moment that gave those involved in the marathon negotiations some hope that all would be okay in the end.

In the early hours of last Sunday morning, the three parties had finally reached agreement on transport and housing policy. Any other issues were to be left to the party leaders to find a solution.

Fine Gael deputy leader Simon Coveney, who was chairing the late-night session, asked if everyone present was happy with what had been agreed - he got an affirmative response from the room.


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