Ir­ish par­ties in agree­ment

Townsville Bulletin - - World Snapshot -

THE lead­ers of Ire­land’s Fine Gael and Labour par­ties have agreed on a pro­gram for a coali­tion gov­ern­ment, as they pre­pare to rule dur­ing the coun­try’s worst ever debt cri­sis. Fine Gael leader Enda Kenny, who was al­most cer­tainly set to be voted prime min­is­ter when the Ir­ish par­lia­ment meets to­mor­row, and Labour leader Ea­mon Gil­more said they reached agree­ment on out­stand­ing is­sues. But it was un­clear how the lead­ers had squared their dif­fer­ences on a timetable for in­tro­duc­ing more aus­ter­ity bud­gets over the next four years.

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