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Greens are the big winners in Irish Government talks ... but will they sign off the deal?

Alban Maginness


The new coalition in the Republic leaves Sinn Fein out in the cold, but they may be pleased they don't have to take any difficult decisions, says Alban Maginness

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Irish Green Party chief Eamon Ryan looks set to share power in Dail

Irish Green Party chief Eamon Ryan looks set to share power in Dail

Irish Green Party chief Eamon Ryan looks set to share power in Dail

Monday's agreement on a draft deal to form a tripartite coalition government in Dublin after two months of hard bargaining is to be welcomed, not just in the south but also in the north in this vital post-Brexit period.

The leaders of Fine Gael, Fianna Fail and the Greens emerged from their negotiations with broad smiles and a palpable sense of relief that a deal has in fact been done.

However, as the old saying goes, there is many's a slip 'twixt cup and lip, especially as the three parties involved have to sell the deal to their respective members.