From a historical perspective, a coalition between Fine Gael and Fianna Fail would be the most dramatic aspect of any grand coalition. Yet within Fianna Fail, it is resistance to the Greens that is growing. “With Fine Gael, fatigue has set in and people are saying it’s the only show in town and [to] get on with it in the national interest,” said a Fianna Failer. “But a lot of people are reluctant to go in with the Greens because their policies will eat into our rural base. Any of the Greens I’ve spoken to are against it too.” The Greens’ distrust of Fine Gael runs deeper, even though they lost all their Dail seats in 2011 after being in coalition with Fianna Fail. Ryan was a constant critic of Leo Varadkar’s regime due to its record on climate action. Each of the three parties is obliged under its own rules to obtain the approval of members for any programme for government. Each must also hold a conference, which is not possible under Covid-19 curbs on public gatherings.
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