Taking Shape


This morning.

Fine Gael’s counting will begin at around 1pm and the Green Party’s count will start after the poll closes at noon.

Just under 2,000 Green Party members were eligible to vote and the party requires a two thirds majority to approve the programme for government.


Top from left: Dr Tony Holohan; Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection, Regina Doherty ; Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar and Minister for Health, Simon Harris,  at a post-Cabinet press briefing in Dublin Castle last night.

Last night, the consistent message across the political spectrum was that the party would solidly endorse the programme.

Indeed the Taoiseach predicted it would get the backing of all three parties in higher than expected numbers.

Fine Gael has just over 700 votes to count given the way its electoral college is structured, while Fianna Fáil’s number of eligible voting members is just shy of 15,000.

If all three parties pass the programme for government, Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin, would be elected Taoiseach at a meeting of the Dáil in the Convention Centre tomorrow.

Counting of Fianna Fáil votes begins on programme for government (RTÉ)

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4 thoughts on “Taking Shape

  1. Gerry

    About time we had a government: good if it manages to make laws and policy, good even if it falls and we have another election. An end to limbo.

  2. baz

    anything that expedites the removal of Regina Doherty from access to a microphone will be appreciated.

  3. newsjustin

    Why tablecloths at that count??

    Myst be a greater risk of both COVID and ballots going missing.

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