Fine Gael backs Ireland’s 3-party coalition deal
The Fine Gael party of Irish acting PM Leo Varadkar became the first of three potential government partners on Friday to ratify a coalition deal. The votes of Fianna Fail and Green Party members are still being counted.
Lawmakers from Ireland’s two dominant center-right parties agreed to govern together for the first time, in a deal that will put the Greens at the center of policymaking. The agreement will also end a political stalemate triggered by an inconclusive election in February.
The smaller Green Party require two-thirds support – a higher bar than the larger parties, which could still scupper the agreement struck between their leaders last week, Reuters said. Fine Gael approved the deal by a margin of 80 to 20 percent.
Fianna Fail’s Micheal Martin is expected to become prime minister for the first half of a five-year term and then hand the premiership back to Varadkar in December 2022, under a novel rotation agreement between the historic rivals.