Going green: Party leaders on verge of agreeing blueprint for new coalition
The leaders of Fine Gael, Fianna Fáil and the Green Party are on the verge of agreeing a new programme for government to lay the groundwork for the next coalition.
Leo Varadkar, Micheál Martin and Eamon Ryan are meeting today to formally sign off on the deal, which will then be subject to the approval of the party’s own organisations.
Tánaiste and Fine Gael lead negotiator Simon Coveney said the draft coalition government deal is “good for the country”.
“We did a lot of good work last night and we effectively have a text for a government with a need for the leaders to finalise a very small number of issues,” he told reporters on his way into a party meeting earlier.
“Negotiating teams have done their job. I think the text that will be going to the leaders today is good for the country and I hope and I am confident that the three leaders will be able to sell it within their parties and to the public.”
The lengthy programme for government document, which has been negotiated over more than a month of talks, outlines changes in key environmental and transport policies for the next five years.
The document addresses a number of policy areas of concern to the Green Party. These include extra funding for public transport and cycling infrastructure, an increase in carbon tax and an acceleration of Ireland’s carbon emissions reduction to an average of 7% a year to 2030.