Formation of Irish government following general election in February 2020

Author Details
Author (Corporate)
Publication Date 2020
Content Type ,

Summary:

Reports and analyses of the process of government formation in Ireland, following an inconclusive general election on 8 February 2020 from which none of the competing political parties managed to acquire a parliamentary majority.

Further information:

A surge in support for left-wing Sinn Féin led to a victory following the election, bringing to an end the traditional dominance of centre-right (incumbent) Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil. Even so, this was not enough to produce a straightforward parliamentary majority.

On 20 February 2020, the leaders of the three largest political forces in the new Parliament composition faced a vote to understand their support across the chamber to become Prime Minister. No one managed to get enough support, which led to the resignation of incumbent Prime Minister Leo Varadkar. In the meantime, Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil announce they were to engage in exploratory talks on a potential solution for the stalemate.

Related Link(s)
Commentary and Analysis
Politico, 11/02/2020: Ireland’s next government: What are the options? https://www.politico.eu/article/ireland-next-government-options/
Foreign Policy, 12/02/2020: Sinn Fein Just Upended Ireland’s Status Quo. What Comes Next? https://foreignpolicy.com/2020/02/12/sinn-fein-irish-elections-2020/
BBC News, 14/02/2020: Irish general election: What happens next? https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/51475539
BBC News, 15/02/2020: Will love be in the air for Ireland's political parties? https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-51505493
The Irish Times, 18/02/2020: Q&A: How long could it take to form a new government after Election 2020? https://www.irishtimes.com/election2020/q-a-how-long-could-it-take-to-form-a-new-government-after-election-2020-1.4177711

News
Politico, 13/02/2020: Ireland’s Fianna Fáil to try and form government without Sinn Féin https://www.politico.eu/article/irelands-fianna-fail-to-try-and-form-government-without-sinn-fein/
BBC News, 14/02/2020: Sinn Féin criticises 'disgraceful' Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-51508380
The Irish Times, 18/02/2020: Varadkar says Sinn Féin and Fianna Fáil should form coalition https://www.irishtimes.com/election2020/varadkar-says-sinn-f%C3%A9in-and-fianna-f%C3%A1il-should-form-coalition-1.4176758
RTÉ News, 19/02/2020: Ó Fearghaíl, Naughten contesting for role of Ceann Comhairle https://www.rte.ie/news/politics/2020/0219/1116202-politics-ireland/
Politico, 20/02/2020: Irish parliament votes against all 3 party leaders becoming PM https://www.politico.eu/article/irish-parliament-votes-against-all-3-party-leaders-becoming-pm-leo-varadkar-sinn-fein-fianna-fail-fine-gael/
BBC News, 20/02/2020: No new taoiseach as Dáil vote ends in deadlock https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-51559870
The Guardian, 20/02/2020: Varadkar resigns as Irish government enters stalemate https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/feb/20/irish-parliament-set-for-stalemate-in-attempt-to-form-new-government
Sky News, 20/02/2020: Ireland's prime minister Leo Varadkar resigns after inconclusive election result https://news.sky.com/story/ireland-taoiseach-leo-varadkar-resigns-after-inconclusive-election-result-11939114
RTÉ News, 20/02/2020: McDonald gets most votes but no Taoiseach elected https://www.rte.ie/news/politics/2020/0220/1116469-ireland-politics/
EurActiv, 20/02/2020: Ireland’s Fianna Fáil to step up efforts to form a government https://www.euractiv.com/section/elections/news/irelands-fianna-fail-to-step-up-efforts-to-form-a-government/
RTÉ News, 21/02/2020: Varadkar, Martin agree to meet next week for exploratory talks https://www.rte.ie/news/politics/2020/0221/1116630-dail-taoiseach/
BBC News, 21/02/2020: Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael leaders to meet in exploratory talks https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-51584967
The Irish Times, 21/02/2020: Varadkar says any Fine Gael deal would have to recognise strength of its vote https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/varadkar-says-any-fine-gael-deal-would-have-to-recognise-strength-of-its-vote-1.4180604

Subject Categories
Subject Tags
Countries / Regions