Ireland's Fianna Fail edge out Sinn Fein on election seat count
Tuesday, 11 February 2020 Ireland's main opposition party Fianna Fail edged out surging nationalists Sinn Fein by 38 seats to 37 to emerge as the biggest party in the country's 160-seat parliament after counting in a national election concluded on Monday.
Speaking as the newly-elected Taoiseach of the 33rd Irish parliament, Micheal Martin said to be elected to serve as Taoiseach “is one of the greatest honours which anyone can receive”.Mr Martin will lead a three-party coalition consisting of Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael and the Green Party.It is the first time in history that former Civil War rivals Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael have governed together.
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A large crowd of mourners has gathered in west Belfast for the funeral service of veteran republican Bobby Storey. The former leading IRA member died earlier this month at the age of 64 following an unsuccessful lung transplant. Sinn Fein president Mary Lou McDonald, vice president Michelle O’Neill and former president Gerry Adams were among hundreds in the Andersonstown Road area on Tuesday morning as the cortege left Mr Storey’s home and travelled to St Agnes’ church.
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Four months of political deadlock in Ireland have been broken with the agreement on a programme for government. The two centre-right parties Fianna Fail and Fine Gael, which emerged from opposing sides of Ireland’s civil war in the 1920s, have held power since the formation of the state. But never at the same time. This will be the first time the two civil war parties will go into coalition together. The move comes after an inconclusive February 8 election, which saw Sinn Fein win the popular vote and its record number of seats in the Dail.
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Sinn Fein leader Mary Lou McDonald has criticised her political rivals during a visit to flood-hit Athlone in Co Meath. Her comments come ahead of a meeting between the leaders of Fine Gael and Fianna..
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