There appears to be growing concern in the Green Party this evening about a number of issues under discussion in the programme for government negotiations.

The deputy leaders of Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael and the Green Party are meeting this evening in an effort to make progress, as this week's deadline for the conclusion of the talks comes into view.

It comes ahead of a meeting of the full negotiating teams from the three parties tomorrow. 

There is also a meeting between the party leaders and TDs from the Rural Independent Group scheduled for tomorrow afternoon. 

These negotiations have to navigate several politically contentious and complex areas in the days ahead.

Fine Gael negotiators Heather Humphreys and Richard Bruton had said this week's deadline was achievable.

However, the Green Party is understood to be seeking more on housing.

In particular the party wants a substantial commitment to cost-rental homes, where the rents would be based on building and maintenance costs and not other market forces.

The party also wants legislation approved to prohibit the importation of Israeli goods produced in the occupied Palestinian territories.

Tánaiste Simon Coveney told the Dáil last week that he would not support such a measure.

There is also a desire within the Green Party to get a guarantee that the Shannon Liquefied Natural Gas terminal will not proceed.

Separately, the negotiations are also set to look at a new care model which would include everything from childcare to a statutory scheme to provide more home care for the elderly.

This is among the key priorities for Fine Gael in the final days of the talks.

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