Micheál Martin heads a new government coalition
Ireland is now getting a new government. A coalition between the two arch
rivals Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil as well as the Green Party, after party members
gave their approval for the settlement. New Prime Minister becomes Fianna Fáil's
leader Micheál Martin, who will lead the government during the half-term, then
Fine Gaels Leo Varadkar will take over as head of government, until then he will
be responsible for business affairs. The day before, Martin was approved as new
Prime Minister by Parliament, having won the support of 93 members, while 63
members voted no. Martin promises to try to boost the economy, which is
suffering hard due to the corona crisis, through a stimulus package to be
presented in July. Among other things, it should include support for small
businesses. About 26 percent of Irish people are now unemployed, temporary or
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Ireland takes a seat on the UN Security Council in 2021
Ireland will take a seat in the UN Security Council 2021 and 2022, together
with Norway, Mexico and India. They will be joined by either Kenya or Djibouti,
but it will be decided later on as none of the countries have received enough
votes on the African continent to win a seat already.
On the way to a new government coalition
It looks like Ireland will soon have a new government, between Fine Gael,
Fianna Fáil and the Green Party. The leaders of the three parties have been in
intensive negotiations and are now agreeing on a government program. It seems
that Fianna Fáil's leader Mícheál Martin will take over the Prime Minister's
post from Leo Varadkar until December 22, 2022, after which Varadkar will again
take over as head of government. But before a new ministry can take office, the
settlement must be approved by the members of the three parties.
Ireland is lifting restrictions faster than planned
Ireland is now starting to open up society at a faster rate than planned.
From June 7, the Irish will be allowed to travel up to two miles from their
homes, most workplaces will reopen and it will also be allowed to visit people
belonging to another household. However, hotels, bars and restaurants will only
start their business on June 29. According to official figures, nearly 1,700
people have died in covid-19 in Ireland. Nearly € 1.4 billion has been paid to
people who have been laid off or lost their jobs during the corona crisis.
14 days quarantine for visitors from abroad
From May 28 until at least June 18, anyone visiting Ireland will have to
quarantine for 14 days. Before traveling into the country, they must complete a
form about where they will be during the quarantine period.
Ireland eases the restrictions
Ireland is now slowly beginning to ease the severe restrictions imposed to
limit the spread of the new corona virus. Initially, people are allowed to move
farther from their homes, five kilometers away instead of, as before, two
kilometers. Even people who are extra susceptible to infection due to illness
may go out to exercise if they avoid other people. Those who work outdoors may
return to their jobs on May 18. All schools will be closed in September, while
childcare for people with socially important jobs will open at the end of June,
all others may wait until July 20. From June 8, you can visit other households,
but only from June 29 can you visit someone who lives two miles away. Weddings,
baptisms and smaller gatherings, for families and close friends will be allowed
from June 8,
Coveney warns of new Brexit crisis
Ireland's Foreign Minister Simon Coveney says that talks between the EU and
the UK on the terms that will apply when the transition period expires at the
end of the year are, to say the least, slow. Coveney expresses concern that
Ireland will face a new crisis by the end of the year, if no progress is made
Ready for talks on new government
The leaders of Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael and the Green Party have agreed to meet
on May 7 for negotiations on a new government program. Eamon Ryan, leader of the
Green Party, says he is positive that the other party leaders are positive about
more comprehensive climate measures. It is pointed out that the talks will take
several weeks to complete.
Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael agree on a framework
The two bourgeois parties Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael have agreed on a
framework to form a coalition government. An important part, according to
sources quoted by the Reuters news agency, is how to get the economy to recover
when the corona crisis is over. Another point should apply to government
investments in infrastructure and housing construction. Other sources mention
public childcare for everyone at a reasonable cost to families, pledges on
living expenses and a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions. The hope is that
the two parties will thereby be able to gain enough support to form a
government, but the smaller parties whose support is hoped for do not seem
particularly interested in supporting them. The issue of collaboration is also
sensitive within Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael, which are traditionally arch rivals.
Ireland's corona quarantine is extended
Acting Prime Minister Leo Varadkar announces that the restrictions imposed on
restricting the spread of the new corona virus will be extended for another
three weeks, until May 5.
Varadkar jumps in as a doctor
Prime Minister Leo Varadkar, who is a trained physician, will now work like
that one day a week during the corona crisis. According to the Irish Times, he
will help with assessments over the phone. According to the HSE Health
Authority, about 70,000 people have signed up to assist with the pandemic. At
the same time, efforts are being made to increase the capacity to test people to
4,500 a day. Nearly 5,000 cases of covid-19 have been detected in Ireland and
158 people have died in the disease.
"May be worse than during the financial crisis"
The Bank of Ireland warns that the economic consequences of the ongoing
pandemic could be worse than those that hit the country after the financial
crisis. Bank representatives say it can be difficult to make a forecast right
now, because you don't know how long the pandemic will last or how hard the
economy will be, but it is estimated that GDP will fall by just over 8 percent
on current measures against the new coronavirus will be in effect for three
months and unemployment will rise from just under 5 percent to over 25 percent.
To date, the number of people seeking unemployment benefit or other benefits has
tripled. About one-fifth of the total workforce now depends on the state for
their living, which is more than during the most difficult period of the
Ireland tightens the restrictions
Acting Prime Minister Leo Varadkar is now announcing even tougher
restrictions to prevent the spread of the new corona virus. People are only
allowed to leave their homes for shopping and for easier exercise, no more than
two kilometers from their homes. All collections, both public and private, are
prohibited, as are visits to hospitals and prisons. Exceptions are made for
agriculture and those who have to travel to work that is considered to be
indispensable for society. The restrictions will be in effect from midnight on
the same day until April 12. On March 29, 2,615 cases of covid-19 have been
reported in Ireland and 46 people have died. An opinion poll indicates that
support for Varadkar's Fine Gael party has increased during the corona crisis,
from just under 22 percent in the February election to 34 percent, including
Sinn Féin increased from 24.5 percent to 28 percent, Varadkar has previously
said that the preparations made for a possible contractless Brexit have made
Ireland better prepared for a crisis than many other countries.
Institutes warn of recession
The Institute for Economic and Social Research ESRI predicts that if the
government's restrictions to fight covid-19 will be in force for twelve weeks,
the Irish economy will shrink by just over 7 percent by 2020 and 350,000 people
will lose their jobs.
Martin: No new government before Easter
Fianna Fáil's leader Micheál Martin says it is unlikely that Ireland will
have any new government until the earliest after Easter. Much to the extent that
such a large part of all the work is about managing the ongoing corona crisis.
The authorities have now received applications from 58,000 people to take part
in crisis compensation to workers and small businesses who have lost their jobs
as a result of the crisis. The number of reported cases in Ireland had increased
to 557 on 19 March.
"Ireland may have 15,000 cases by the end of the month"
Prime Minister Leo Varadkar gives speeches to the nation, warning that the
ongoing crisis may continue into the summer and that Ireland may have 15,000
cases of covid-19 by the end of the month. He urges people to do everything they
can to avoid infection. Ireland has already closed all schools and universities,
and later pubs. All events that gather more than 100 people have also been
banned. Varadkar also says that the effects of the pandemic, not least the
financial ones, will be felt for a long time to come. However, he concludes by
saying that "we will get through this". It is estimated that 140,000 workers
cannot work because of the measures.
Schools are closed to prevent coronary infection
the 12th of March
Ireland's acting prime minister Leo Varadkar announces that all preschools,
schools and universities should be kept closed from March 29 to prevent the new
corona virus from spreading further in Ireland. At the same time, all indoor
events with more than 100 participants and all outdoor events with more than 500
participants are prohibited. The measures are taken the day after the WHO was
determined to be a pandemic. However, it is decided that public transport should
go as usual and that stores, restaurants and cafes may be kept open. Even before
that, several big events such as the celebration of StT Patricks Day in many
places. In Ireland, 43 people have so far been infected with covid-19 disease.
At the same time, there are 18 disease cases in Northern Ireland, which are not,
however, covered by the rules.
Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil negotiate a government coalition
11th of March
The two bourgeois parties Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil are now holding formal
talks to form a new government. The process is accelerated by the ongoing corona
pandemic. In order to gain a majority, a possible government coalition would
need support from at least eight members from other parties or from independent
members. The two parties have switched to power and have never before worked
together in a government.
Leo Varadkar is leaving
Leo Varadkar resigns formally as Prime Minister of Ireland when the parties
have not been able to agree on a new government. However, he remains as acting
head of government, at the head of an expedition minister. All parties seem to
agree that it will take a long time to get a new government, in 2016 it took ten
weeks before a minority government with Fine Gael could take office. A first
meeting between Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil to discuss government formation was
held on February 26.
Fianna Fáil is trying to form a government
Fianna Faíl's leader Micheál Martin says his party will make a gathering of
power to try to create a new government. The party has held informal talks with
both the Green Party and the Social Democrats, as well as some independent
members. Martin has already said that he should first consult with the smaller
parties before taking the initiative to talk with Fine Gael.
Fianna Faíl says no to Sinn Féin
The opportunities for Sinn Féin to be able to get a new ministry are now
almost non-existent when Fianna Faíl says no to any government cooperation. Now
it is up to Fianna Faíl and Fine Gael to agree not to risk a new election, where
Sinn Féin would probably win more votes (the party only put up 42 candidates in
the February elections). Fine Gael's leader, acting prime minister Leo Varadkar,
has said on several occasions that he can imagine a government collaboration
with Fine Gael.
Labor says no to government cooperation with Sinn Féin
Sinn Fein leader Mary Lou McDonald's prospect of being able to form a
coalition government is significantly diminished as the Labor Party clearly
declares that it will not participate in it. Labor leader Brendan Howlin makes
this statement as he announces his departure. He emphasizes that voters have not
mandated his party to participate in a formal coalition, but that the party is
likely to support certain proposals. Labor lost a mandate, but in addition, two
leading politicians, including former leader Joan Burton, lost their seats in
Parliament. Leo Varadkar, now acting prime minister, says his party Fine Gael is
now ready to sit in opposition. However, he adds that Fine Gael is ready to take
part in talks about a new government if Sinn Féin fails to get a minister
Sinn Féin is seeking government cooperation with small parties
Sinn Féin starts talks with several small parties about the possibility of
forming a government, that is without the other two major parties Finn Fáil and
Fine Gael. However, it does not appear likely that the party will be able to
gather support from 80 MPs, which is required for them to gain a majority in the
Chamber of Deputies. In that case, the party is required, in addition to having
to bring all small parties with it, that it will also be supported by at least
13 independent members. Irish judges do not believe that Sinn Fein has such
great potential to succeed, speculating that it may be a minority government led
by Fianna Fáil, but with the support of Fine Gael, and in that case also by at
least eight other members. Foreign Minister Simon Coveney, from Fine Gael,
however, has rejected all such thoughts. Some evaluators choose, at least not at
Great success for Sinn Fein in the parliamentary elections
The parliamentary election will be a big success for the left-wing party Sinn
Féin, which is the first choice for 24.5 percent of voters, ahead of Fianna Fáil
who gets 22.2 percent and the ruling party Fine Gael who gets 21.9 percent.
However, Sinn Féin does not become the largest party in parliament, the Chamber
of Deputies (Dáil Éirann). Instead, it will be Fianna Fáil who gets 38 seats,
against 37 seats for Sinn Fein, while Fine Gael ends on 35 seats. The fact that
Fianna Fáil receives a more mandate is because the President is automatically
re-elected. The Green Party also makes a strong choice and receives 12 seats and
just over 7 percent of the first vote. The Labor Party loses a mandate and ends
on 6 mandates, the Social Democrats increase from 3 to 6 mandates and Solidarity
- People before profit receive 5 mandates. Ireland's complicated electoral
system means that the results were only clear around midnight on 10 February.
After the election, Prime Minister Leo Varadkar ruled out that his party, Fine
Gael, would exclude all cooperation with Sinn Féin. Fianna Fáil's leader Micheál
Martin does not go that far, although he points out that there are major
political differences between his party and Sinn Féin.
Sinn Fein is increasing most before the election
With one week left for the election, Republican Sinn Féin is largely on par
with the largest opposition party the bourgeois Fianna Fáil in opinion polls
with 23-24 percent. Soon after, the Fine Gael government party stands at 2021
percent. Behind Sinn Fein's increase in opinion is probably a desire for a
change after nine years with Fine Gael in power. There is also a strong distrust
of Fianna Fáil that ruled Ireland up to the deep economic crisis of 2008.
However, analysts point outthat Sinn Fein seemed to be doing better in the 2016
parliamentary elections than the result was then. Fianna Fáil's party leader
Micheál Martin, however, excludes any talk of a government collaboration with
Sinn Féin, citing, among other things, that the Republican Left Party's tax
policy would strike against business. In fourth place in the opinion polls, the
Green Party stands at just over 8 percent, the Labor Party looks to get 5
percent and the Social Democrats 5 percent and Solidarity 3 percent.
Ireland goes for election February 8
It is now clear that there will be parliamentary elections in Ireland on
February 8. Prime Minister Leo Varadkar announces that he will ask President
Michael Higgins to dissolve Parliament. Ahead of the election, the ruling party
Fine Gael, who has been in power for almost nine years, barely heads the equally
bourgeois Fianna Fáil. Fine Gael, who has been able to rule with the support of
Fianna Fáil since the last election in 2016, is expected to push hard on the
growing economy and Varadkar's defense of Ireland in the Brexit process, and the
fact that there will be no hard border between Ireland and Northern Ireland. The
opposition, for its part, can benefit from the dissatisfaction with long care
queues and the lack of housing. The latter has led to a growing number of
homeless people in Ireland, especially in the larger cities.