Formation of Irish government following general election in February 2020

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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.

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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.

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Politico, 11/02/2020: Ireland’s next government: What are the options?
Foreign Policy, 12/02/2020: Sinn Fein Just Upended Ireland’s Status Quo. What Comes Next?
BBC News, 14/02/2020: Irish general election: What happens next?
BBC News, 15/02/2020: Will love be in the air for Ireland's political parties?
The Irish Times, 18/02/2020: Q&A: How long could it take to form a new government after Election 2020?

Politico, 13/02/2020: Ireland’s Fianna Fáil to try and form government without Sinn Féin
BBC News, 14/02/2020: Sinn Féin criticises 'disgraceful' Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael
The Irish Times, 18/02/2020: Varadkar says Sinn Féin and Fianna Fáil should form coalition
RTÉ News, 19/02/2020: Ó Fearghaíl, Naughten contesting for role of Ceann Comhairle
Politico, 20/02/2020: Irish parliament votes against all 3 party leaders becoming PM
BBC News, 20/02/2020: No new taoiseach as Dáil vote ends in deadlock
The Guardian, 20/02/2020: Varadkar resigns as Irish government enters stalemate
Sky News, 20/02/2020: Ireland's prime minister Leo Varadkar resigns after inconclusive election result
RTÉ News, 20/02/2020: McDonald gets most votes but no Taoiseach elected
EurActiv, 20/02/2020: Ireland’s Fianna Fáil to step up efforts to form a government
RTÉ News, 21/02/2020: Varadkar, Martin agree to meet next week for exploratory talks
BBC News, 21/02/2020: Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael leaders to meet in exploratory talks
The Irish Times, 21/02/2020: Varadkar says any Fine Gael deal would have to recognise strength of its vote

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