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Irish parties in coalition deal

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The Republic of Ireland looks to have a new government after Fine Gael’s Enda Kenny announced a coalition deal has been struck with Labour.

The partnership had been widely tipped as the likely outcome after early elections last month.

The leaders of both parties will seek approval for the deal from members today.

Both entered the February 25 ballot on pledges to renogotiate an 85 billion euro bailout deal with the EU and the IMF.

The election came on the back of huge public anger with outgoing Prime Minister, Brian Cowen and his Fianna Fail party for the economic meltdown in Ireland.