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Gormley calls for national consensus

The Green Party leader, John Gormley, is to write to other party leaders to ask for a national consensus on the economic situation, RTE reports.

Gormley said he wanted the parties to meet as soon as possible, ahead of the publication next month of a four-year budgetary plan aimed at reducing the deficit to 3 percent.

Yesterday, opposition parties said they supported the broad thrust of the government's plan to stabilise the public finances.

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Gormley said the economic situation was now “so grave” that it was incumbent on all the political parties - despite their political differences - to come together.

He said he was not looking for a “blank check” from the opposition parties, but he said consensus was now urgently required. He believed that was what the European Commission was now looking for.

He said the leaders of the five parties together with their finance spokespeople should come together to discuss figures from the Department of Finance. He urged that the meeting should happen as soon as possible and in advance of the publication of a four-year budgetary plan.