Green Party ready to enter talks to form coalition goverment

Green Party ready to enter talks to form coalition goverment
Green Party councillors Cllr. Oliver Moran and Cllr. Lorna Bogue with party leader Eamon Ryan TD at Shandon. Picture Dan Linehan

THE Green Party has confirmed it will enter talks to form a Government with Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil.

In a press release, a spokesperson for the party said: "The Green Parliamentary Party have decided today to enter formal talks with Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael with a view to developing a programme for government.

"We are conscious of the huge challenges facing any Government in the Covid-19 crisis.

"The party will now work with Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael to develop a deal that respects our mandate with a view to presenting that agreement to Green Party members for approval.

"Green Party approval of any programme for government will require support of 2/3 of the Green Party voting membership.

"Any proposal must be transformative on climate action and commit to strong progress towards a more sustainable and fairer society.

"If this is not the case Green Party representatives will withdraw from negotiations and pursue their mandate in opposition and work to hold the government to account.

"The Green Party Leader Eamon Ryan will now seek a meeting with the Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael leadership to start the process."

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