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Leo Varadkar urges support for new draft government deal

Fine Gael, Fianna Fail and the Green Party have been balloting members on the proposals, which took weeks to put together and include climate change.

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Taoiseach Leo Varadkar’s Fine Gael, Fianna Fail and the Green Party have been balloting members to back the document, which took some five weeks to put together (Julien Behal/PA)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar’s Fine Gael, Fianna Fail and the Green Party have been balloting members to back the document, which took some five weeks to put together (Julien Behal/PA)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar’s Fine Gael, Fianna Fail and the Green Party have been balloting members to back the document, which took some five weeks to put together (Julien Behal/PA)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has vowed to stand by his environmental commitments as he urged the parties to form a working government.

Fine Gael, Fianna Fail and the Green Party have been balloting members on proposals to form a new administration which took some five weeks to put together.

The outcome of votes among the three parties will be announced on Friday.

What is in the country's interest is a working GovernmentLeo Varadkar

Mr Varadkar said: “I have been on the record that I believe the country needs a majority government.

“We are heading into what could be a very difficult recession during which difficult decisions will have to be made and also a lot of reforms need to be made to our public services.

“What is in the country’s interest is a working Government.”

The Green Party has the highest threshold of the three parties, with a two thirds majority needed to secure approval.

Among proposals agreed by party leaders is a commitment to an average 7% reduction in carbon emissions annually over the next decade.

The Taoiseach vowed: “We are not going to walk away from that.

“The changes in policies that we have made around climate action we will stand by them.”

Mr Varadkar appeared on RTE Prime Time on Tuesday evening.

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The Taoiseach said alternatives to forming a government were not appealing.

He said: “Much better is what we have been working on for weeks and weeks and that is putting together a coalition involving the three parties that can give the country a good government for five years.”

Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin has said a second general election in 2020 cannot be ruled out if the Green Party votes down the programme for government deal.

If the deal was voted down, Mr Martin said his party would talk to Independent TDs about forming a government.

He added: “If the Green Party don’t back the programme for government then then we will not have secured the necessary backing and clearly won’t have the support of a majority in the Dail.

“We are in a political crisis and I don’t think there is a solution to it in the short term.

“There is no magic plan B.”

Mr Martin ruled out Sinn Fein, but not the Social Democrats and Labour Party as potential alternative coalition partners to the Greens.

Meanwhile, Sinn Fein president Mary Lou McDonald said that if the agreement fails to garner enough support, she will speak to other parties.

Sinn Fein won the popular vote in February’s election.

Ms McDonald’s party failed to establish a left-wing coalition because they did not secure enough numbers to reach the 80 seats required for a Dail majority.

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