March 25, 2020 / 7:35 PM / 3 days ago

Ireland's Fine Gael, Fianna Fail working on government programme

DUBLIN (Reuters) - Ireland’s Fine Gael and Fianna Fail parties began on Wednesday to develop a policy programme to form a new government aimed at helping the country recover from the coronavirus crisis, the two parties said.

The centre-right parties - who need the support of at least one smaller party or group of independent lawmakers to reach a majority - will meet again over the coming days and continue to reach out and engage with other parties, they said.

“They are working to develop a programme for government that provides stability and a working majority in the Dáil (parliament),” the rival parties said in identical statements.

Reporting by Padraic Halpin; Editing by Chris Reese

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