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Micheál Martin Has Been Elected Taoiseach By The Dáil

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02:36 27 Jun 2020


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With 93 votes in favour, from Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael, the Greens and 9 Independents.

In a moment that ends civil war politics in Ireland Fine Gael and Green Party TDs voted with Fianna Fáil to elect a new government.

Micheál Martin is now traveling to Aras an Uachtarain where he'll be given his seal of office by President Higgins.

So then the new Taoiseach will take up his office in government buildings and begin appointing Ministers.

In an emotional Dáil speech Micheál Martin said he would not have achieved anything without his family:

"To be elected to serve as Taoiseach of a free Republic is one of the greatest honours one can receive."

"I want to thank the Deputies of my party for their support, but also those of Fine Gael and the Green Party.

"Also those Independents who voted for me."

"But most of all I want to thank my family, without them I'd have achieved nothing."

However, due to COVID restrictions, most of Micheál Martin's family were not at the Convention Centre.

So just one member of Micheál Martin's family was present, his niece, who is based in Dublin.

McDonald Now Leader Of The Opposition

Sinn Fein Leader Mary Lou McDonald now heads up the largest party in opposition.

Therefore Deputy McDonald says the future belongs to those who believe in change;

"Today's marriage of convenience is born of necessity, not ambition."

"To buy time, to keep others out, to keep others in their place."

"For the political establishment it's their way or no way."

"Well I have to tell them you're no longer going to get it your own way."

"That day is over."

Speculation Around Who Gets Ministries

There's also plenty of speculation around the breakdown of cabinet Ministries.

So it's expected Fine Gael will retain the finance, foreign affairs, justice and business portfolios.

While Fianna Fáil will take housing, public expenditure and possibly education.

Also it's expected the Departments of Agriculture and Rural Affairs will be merged and given to Minister Heather Humphreys.

While the climate and transport portfolios will be merged into one controlled by the Green Party.


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