Counting of up to 14,500 Fianna Fáil member votes underway. Initially being sorted by constituency. Livestream here:https://t.co/TbJmx5AaI7
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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.