An Taoiseach and Fine Gael leader Leo Varadkar has welcomed the statement from the Green Party today that it intends to start negotiations on a Programme for Government.
“We look forward to constructive discussions on a Programme for Government commencing in the coming days.
“This is a very welcome decision by the Green Party. Ireland needs a stable government to manage the remainder of the Covid emergency and to rebuild and renew our society and economy over the next five years.
“Working together we can help to deal with the challenges facing Ireland, including getting people back to work, re-opening businesses, investing in and transforming our health service, housing system, childcare, climate action, balanced regional development and enlivening communities in rural Ireland.
“We are also very aware that a hard Brexit within six months is a distinct possibility with all the challenges that would bring.
“We look forward to the forthcoming Programme for Government negotiations and believe that together our three parties can develop a programme that will deliver for the Irish people.”