Government coalition negotiations (continuning updates)…

Again, apologies for the outage, we ARE working on it… In the meantime, we’re keeping an ear to ground for whether the Greens have been able to agree a new Programme for Government ahead of a scheduled meeting of the party’s convention tomorrow where they have to get 75% 2/3 approval to get it past… Late last night, Ciaran Cuffe blogged that failure to agree would have seen himself and his colleagues head into a General Election that would almost certainly wipe them out in Irish parliamentary politics… According to Newstalk, education appears to be the last sticking point… We’ll bring you word when the news breaks…

Update: After 50 hours of talks, the Taoiseach and John Gormley now expected to intervene to try and get talks back on track… The outcome expected tonight… Adds: Cian reckons the talk from the Greens is more than brinkmanshipUpdate: Here’s the latest from Senator Dan Boyle who doesn’t normally mess about and expresses some of the frustration the Green team is feeling inside the room (below the fold); then Gormley and Biffo… Deal was done earlier…

Agreement: Green smoke… But only Green Party members will get to see it before tomorrow… Suzy’s started the live blog for tomorrow already

There’s an air of unreality on the part of the Fianna Fáil team in terms of what they can and can’t do, and what being in Government is going to be like for them for the next two or three years,” he said.

He said that both sides were aware that should the talks collapse, it would lead to a disastrous General Election for both parties.

Read more: http://breakingnews.ie/ireland/ff-have-air-of-unreality-at-programme-for-government-talks-429583.html#ixzz0TS9VsyhN

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