Varadkar, Martin agree to meet for exploratory talks

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The leaders of Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil have agreed to meet early next week for exploratory talks.

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2/21/2020

The agreement to meet for exploratory talks follows a phone conversation between Leo Varadkar and Micheál Martin yesterday evening

The leaders of Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil have agreed to meet early next week for exploratory talks.

It follows a phone conversation between Leo Varadkar and Micheál Martin yesterday evening. Fine Gael has also accepted the offer from the Green Party for talks next week. Fine Gael agreed last Monday that the party could engage in exploratory talks but not in programme for government negotiations. Mr Varadkar tendered his resignation as Taoiseach to President Michael D Higgins last night, but will continue in the role in a caretaker capacity. Mr Varadkar said that no major policy decisions and financial allocations would be made by the Government from this point on, and the Government would continue to serve until a new administration is formed. He once again insisted that the onus was on others to put a new government together. However, he said his party would stand by the State and talk to other parties if there was no other alternative. Read More: McDonald gets most votes but no Taoiseach elected As it happened: Varadkar resigns as Taoiseach 48 new TDs take seats as 33rd Dáil sits for first time Mr Martin said a new government must be formed that would prioritise State intervention to improve key services. Speaking in the Dáil yesterday, Mr Martin was again highly critical of Sinn Féin. Mary Lou McDonald responded by saying that Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael had run the show for the last century and were not willing to let go. The Dáil made four attempts to elect a taoiseach last night with the Sinn Féin leader receiving most votes. However, the 45 votes secured by Ms McDonald was well short of the required majority to form a government. The Dáil will meet again in just under a fortnight. A new government will most likely take a little longer to emerge though. Read more: RTÉ News

U have been blown out Leo '... only on the basis of respect for the 450,000 voters who voted for the party' I suspect there's one or two other reasons hidden away there too Leo If you had any respect for the voters you would declare you would not form a coalition of losers! Hahaha the least amount of the three parties, cop yourself on, you are going nowhere near government you clown

Great man 👍 He has to have power cause Kylie Minogue won’t meet him . This guy is a joke and an insult to this country What about the others that didn’t vote for them or is he going to ignore the fact that the people find his party untrustworthy. Good Fag

Micheál Martin to meet Leo Varadkar for Goverment formation talksThe Fianna Fáil leader declined however to answer questions about coalition options. MichealMartinTD and LeoVaradkar meeting Gwan de lads It seems like they are significantly over complicating this Taoiseach business.

That's very considerate of him! Nearly three weeks after the election, the arrogance of the man. And yet NOT for him? 🤔 where is FineGael respect for those who VotedLeft and TransferredLeft and VotedForChange Who’s that lad? That’s 450,000 total votes or first preference votes? This man is irrelevant. He was useless as minister for health, useless as Taoiseach. He was working for “those who got up early” I get up early and he hasn’t done anything for me.

Leo '5th count' Varadkar 😂😂😂😂 On Monday Varadkar was 'relishing' the opportunity of leading FG in opposition. Fast forward 4 days and he wants to go into government. An incredible spoofer. If you think they should be in government why not vote for MaryLouMcDonald ? Problem solved and we the Irish people will have the government we voted in!

It’s disgusting the behaviour of FG / FF they are treating us with utter contempt!!!!! This country needs a political revolt to put manners on the politicians so they realize they serve us the people not the other way around!!! Well get on with it then Sitting on the sidelines like the Vultures FG are

Dáil rejects Varadkar and Martin bids to be TaoiseachTHE Dáil has rejected bids by both Leo Varadkar and Micheál Martin to be the next Taoiseach. Excellent. Also in the process of rejecting Mary L & Eamon R, poor headline, irresponsible journalism. Should be corrected when all four votes conclude. ...Mary Lou beats them with 45

😂😂😂

He said he would lead FG as a party in opposition & now appears to be ready to go into coalition with a party who ruled out this option pre-election. But sure thats what you say before an election, isnt it? They'll probably put the country first and do us all a huge favour and go back into Govt. with FF. take up where they left off seeing that they were doing such a great job

Please dont. So much for preparing for opposition and not having a mandate. Lord Leo Lies A Lot Looks like he is where he belongs, with his EU overlords in Brussels. Starting the job applications early LeoVaradkar? Games That is reason in itself for the Dáil to really pull together and get him back on those backbenches for good.

Agenda: for meeting. How da fuck did it come to this?

Micheál Martin speaks to Leo Varadkar for the first time about forming a grand coalitionFianna Fáil leader Micheal Martin has called Fine Gael leader Leo Varadkar for the first time about forming a grand coalition. Two helmets... Shite off the pair of ya They better discuss going back for election No 2 not even their arrogance could get this past the electorate.... they have no mandate the people have spoken. The people are sick of your combined Tory policies, you’ve been told load and clear both at personnel and party level.

Vomit Wow, the two parties that have monopolised power are meeting to retain monopolising power. That will shock just about no one. Martin should resign, Jesus it took 6 counts for him to be elected that speaks volumes from the electorate ffs Not doing it because they want to but because they are told to,but it's not the voter that is telling them?

You and your plutocrat puppets are done for. Well that’s a surprise 😑 Leo Sayer not Doer to Mehole Martin' Mehole if we go into Gov together, that will be a CHANGE'....Mehole replies' Yes Leo that's the CHANGE people voted for' ....delusional GE2020

Martin prepares to turn the screw on Varadkar in his bid for grand coalitionMicheál Martin will ramp up pressure on Leo Varadkar to form a grand coalition after the first Dáil vote for a Taoiseach resulted in a stalemate. Martin should resign , Jesus it took 6 counts for him to be elected ffs that speaks volumes from the electorate

Micheál Martin promises review of Fianna Fail’s dismal electionFIANNA Fáil leader Micheál Martin has promised a review of his party’s dismal election. The Fianna Fáil grassroots should elect a new leader. No need for a complicated and lengthy review. Simples. Fianna Fail are unelectable. They have lost, through their own greed, corruption and mismanagement their preeminent position in Irish politics forever, I would think. Review over. Just get RTE to produce a montage of Reeling in the years and whack it up on the the big screen at the next 'ard fheis'! Job is oxo!!

Micheál Martin and Mary Lou McDonald clash in the Dail over IRAFianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin launched a scathing attack on Mary Lou McDonald and Sinn Féin during a heated debate on the first day of the new Dáil. Mary Lou is the sharpest when it comes to speaking she just leaves them standing, just saying. So what? The IRA were necessary at the time and is it a crime to speak one's native language? Rent free!!! Now if FF could just provide the rest of the population with affordable accommodation Mr Martin wouldn't be coming a poor second to her in votes for Taoiseach....



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