August 5, 2020
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Green Party to enter talks to form next government

The Green Party has voted in favour of going into government formation talks.

A statement from the party issued this evening confirmed: “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 two thirds 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.”

Green Party leader Eamon Ryan will now seek a meeting with the Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael leadership to kickstart the talks, some 12 weeks after the general election.

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