DUBLIN (Reuters) – The political parties the irish Fianna Fail, Fine Gael and the Greens will sign Monday an agreement on the formation of a new coalition government, said the leader of Fianna Fail, Micheal Martin, after talks Sunday aimed at ending four months of political stalemate.
The talks will re-convene Monday morning to resolve the remaining problems, reported to the negotiators of the three parties. The leader of the green Party, Eamon Ryan, has said he was simply “cross the” t “in the political programme proposed.
“We have made good progress, so we are going to sign tomorrow,” said Martin. “We’re almost there. ”
Martin, whose party has 37 seats in the Parliament of 160 seats after the elections in February that were near, should largely be the successor to the post of Prime minister Leo Varadkar, whose party Fine Gael has 35 seats, if the agreement is ratified by members of each party.
Martin and Varadkar should then rotate the roles during the five-year term of the government.
The political program includes plans for a stimulus package in July for the sectors most affected by the discontinuation of the coronavirus of the economy, such as the hospitality and the arts, told Reuters a source involved in the talks. A national plan of recovery more complete will parallel the budget in October.
The parties will also set up a unit in the Prime minister’s office to oversee cooperation on the whole island with Northern Ireland, led by Britain, said the source. This does not correspond to the election of Fianna Fail, according to which such a unit will examine the manner in which Dublin should approach the management of a referendum on the unity of ireland.
The historical rivals Fianna Fail and Fine Gael are in need of the 12 seats of the Greens to command a majority in Parliament fractured, which may not adopt new laws, including those required to maintain a set of support measures of 6.5 billion euros ($7.3 billion) for companies affected by the coronavirus , until the formation of a new government.
Any agreement should be ratified by the members of the base of each party, the Greens smaller, requiring a support of two-thirds, a bar higher than the major parties and that could still derail the agreement.
Reporting Padraic Halpin and Conor Humphries; Editing by Raissa Kasolowsky, Peter Cooney and Diane Craft
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