The memberships of Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael and the Green Party endorsed the Programme for Government yesterday, now the coalition will be formed and Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin will become Taoiseach.


Here is how it will unfold:

 At 10.30am, the Dáil will hold a full sitting in Dublin's Convention Centre.

It is the first time in several months that all 160 TDs can meet as the centre is large enough to ensure social distancing.

Members will vote on nominations for the Taoiseach with Micheál Martin set to be elected.

Mr Martin will give his first speech as leader of the country and then the Dáil will be suspended for a few hours.

Around 1pm, Mr Martin will travel to Áras an Uachtaráin to receive his seal of office from President Michael D Higgins.

He will then return to Government Buildings and all three party leaders will make their own appointments to an agreed allocation of departments.

The new Cabinet will then travel by bus back to the Convention Centre.

Around 6pm, the Dáil resumes for nominations of members of government.

The Dáil adjourns around 8.30pm.

The new Cabinet will then travel to Dublin Castle to receive their seals of office from the President.

This will be hosted by the President, at his request, at Dublin Castle, in order to comply with the physical distancing guidance associated with the Covid-19 pandemic.

The new Cabinet will then hold its first meeting.

Mr Martin is expected to move quickly to fully constitute the Seanad with the addition of the remaining 11 Taoiseach's nominees.

Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael will have four nominees each, with two for the Green Party and one agreed independent.

Half of these will be female.

The Seanad is expected to sit on Monday to pass the Offences Against the State Act and the Criminal Justice Act 2009. These are due to expire at midnight.