Ireland stands on the brink of putting climate change at the heart of its government if Green Party members vote in favour of a new coalition. The new administration plans to ban fracked gas imports from the US, make steep cuts in emissions and end new drilling for oil and gas. Agreed in talks with two larger parties, the plan now needs the support of two thirds of Green members. But there is opposition, with some saying it is not progressive enough. The results of voting are expected on Friday evening.
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Micheál Martin will today be elected taoiseach after the memberships of Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael and the Green Party backed a historic coalition deal. Fianna Fáil voted in favour of the programme for government by the smallest margin at 74 per cent, followed by the Greens on 76 per cent, and Fine Gael on 90 per cent. Catherine Martin, the Greens co-leader, could receive the education brief while Mr Ryan is expected to head up a new expanded department overseeing climate change and transport. A junior minister who is not a Green will also be assigned to this department, but speculation that this position will have responsibility for roads is not thought to be accurate.
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