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How deals could shape up to pave the way for a Sinn Féin government

Hugh O'Connell


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Influence: Sinn Féin deputy leader Michelle O’Neill (right) is among the Northern contingent  advising Mary Lou McDonald. Photo: PA

Influence: Sinn Féin deputy leader Michelle O’Neill (right) is among the Northern contingent advising Mary Lou McDonald. Photo: PA

Influence: Sinn Féin deputy leader Michelle O’Neill (right) is among the Northern contingent advising Mary Lou McDonald. Photo: PA

If Sinn Féin, the Green Party, the Social Democrats and others are to thrash out a programme for government in the coming weeks, there will have to be give and take from all sides.

Sinn Féin has made it clear it will push for policy changes in the areas of health, housing and childcare.

A freeze on rents is likely to be the central plank of a programme for government hammered out by these parties, as well as an ambitious plan to build tens of thousands of social and affordable housing units.