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Parties insist slow progress can ensure greater stability

As programme for government nears completion, attention turns to whether party members, and the Greens in particular, will back coalition

Michael Brennan

Political Editor

14th June, 2020
Leo Varadkar is understood to have a good working relationship with the other party leaders

It is a very sensitive time in the government negotiations, 126 days on since Election 2020. The two-hour meeting limit that the negotiators had been trying to stick to in the earlier weeks went out the window last week. It was impossible to maintain, when time was so short.

The best the negotiators could do in recognition of the Covid-19 restrictions was to maintain their social distance during meetings that ran beyond midnight on some days in...

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