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Five rural Independent TDs are to meet Taoiseach Enda Kenny and other members of the Fine Gael negotiating team this morning to intensify discussions on a possible Programme for Government.
The five - Michael Collins, Noel Grealish, Michael Harty, Mattie McGrath and Denis Naughten - are to hold the meeting at 10am.
In a statement, the group said its intention was to ensure any agreement was as inclusive as possible with a view to producing a "Political Partnership Agreement".
Last night the group said that following discussions over the past 12 days with Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael, they believed that Fine Gael was seriously determined to form a government.
The group said that as Fine Gael is in the driving seat, with eight extra Dáil votes, the group is now prepared to actively engage on a Programme for Government. Read More