Irish PM willing to enter grand coalition with main rival
Wednesday, 22 January 2020 Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said for the first time on Wednesday that he would consider entering an unprecedented coalition government with the country's second-largest party and historic rival Fianna Fail after next month's election.
Leo Varadkar launched a Government campaign to encourage people to wear face coverings on buses and trains and other public transport in Ireland as more shops begin to open. Mr Varadkar called for the public to use face masks in places where social distancing is difficult, including public transport, crowded indoor places or when visiting the home of someone who has been cocooning.
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The Irish Government has announced an acceleration of the country's lockdown exit plan. Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said phase two of the roadmap would be triggered on Monday as scheduled. But he said a series of other measures, originally envisaged for later phases of the plan, would also be given the green light from next week.
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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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