Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin is set to replace Ireland’s premier Leo Varadkar after a deal was made to form a new coalition.
After two months of negotiations, a draft deal has been struck to forma coalition government by Fine Gael with Martin and the Green Party leader Eamon Ryan.
Martin will hold the post until December 2022 and the position of the Taoiseach will be rotated.
The draft for the government includes a recovery plan to fix the economy following the global pandemic, and the agreed text says the country is at a “defining moment.”
Adding, “We face urgent challenges which touch every community.
“In the space of a few short months our world has turned upside down.
“Lives have been lost and hearts broken, and our lives and livelihoods have been changed utterly.
“In striving together against something which threatens us all, we have shown we can surprise ourselves adapting quickly, building new alliances and collaborating in ways we never expected.
“All to realise a common purpose: our common future.
“Covid-19 has presented the global community with a terrible set of challenges to add to the ongoing climate and biodiversity emergency.
“In this programme for government we are asserting our ambition to meet these challenges, repair the damage that has been inflicted by the pandemic, and take the renewed spirit arising from these challenging times and translate it into action.”
The draft deal is yet to be approved by parliamentary teams and put to the respective members at 5:50pm on Monday.
The results of the votes are not expected to be known until, perhaps next week.