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Political insurance policy May 25, 2020

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From RTÉ at the weekend.

Several independent TDs have been told that they will be included in formation talks the week after next.

It is understood that contact was made late last night with two of the groups of independent TDs that have been formed in the Dáil.

The call sought to reassure them that they are still in the reckoning to be part of the next government.

Fine Gael deputy leader Simon Coveney called the Independent Group and the Regional Group to tell them that negotiations would take place with them during the first week in June.

Nothing surprising there, but no doubt this serves a dual function of keeping them onside and placing pressure on a Green Party that seems equivocal about entering government with Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil. Of course the inclusion of Independents also assists in the following:

Should the Greens, Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael agree a programme for government, it would give a new government a majority of four, with the backing of 84 TDs.

However, there is believed to be an ambition within some parties to get the total number of TDs supporting the next government close to 90 seats.

I’m sure that’s the case. A solid ten TD majority would likely see a government lasting multiple years. And Lehane talks of how this would allow the government to make ‘difficult decisions’. Indeed.

But what of the vexed issue of Ministerial positions?

It is not clear how much input independent TDs will get to make into policy areas when they talk to the other parties.

There remains, however, the outside possibility that some independents could get a ministerial position.

Any agreement with independents would be expected to guarantee ongoing access to government ministers.

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