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Fine Gael, Fianna Fáil and the Greens To Have Their Say On Programme For Government

Kim Buckley
Kim Buckley

8:11 AM - 16 Jun 2020



The process of selling the programme for government to members of Fine Gael, Fianna Fáil and the Greens will begin in earnest today.

Late last night their parliamentary parties gave the go-ahead to the document ahead of member votes over the next week and a half.

The Fianna Fáil parliamentary party was very heavily in favour of the programme for government, with even expected opponents John McGuinness and Eamon O Cuiv not entirely dismissing its contents.

Overall Fine Gael's parliamentary party was in favour, with notable opposition from Minister Michael Ring who told the meeting Micheál Martin and Eamon Ryan were in the government that let the Troika in.

The Green Party voted in favour of the deal, but four of their parliamentary party abstained.

Those included negotiator Neasa Hourigan and TD Francis Noel Duffy, who's the husband of deputy party leader Catherine Martin.

Martin said last night she's backing the deal despite not getting everything they wanted.

So overall the leadership of the three parties are behind the programme for government, but still wary of each other.

Tomorrow they'll start posting ballots out to their members with a triple announcement on Friday week.

Almost all of that time will be spent convincing members to back it as they sink their teeth into the almost 130-page document.

Reporting by Sean Defoe.

 

 



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