Micheal Martin set to be Ireland’s next taoiseach as Government reaches deal to form coalition

The draft deal, which comes after two months of negotiations between the parties, will now have to be endorsed by their parliamentary teams, before being put to their respective memberships for approval. The draft programme for Government includes a national recovery plan to focus on repairing the economic damage sustained by the coronavirus pandemic. “But I think the programme as it’s now formulated does represent a significant new departure in terms of public policy, particularly in relation to housing, health, education and climate change itself, because I think it is important.