Ireland's main parties agree to form new government

Reuters News
Posted: Mar 18, 2011 4:23 PM

DUBLIN (Reuters) - Ireland's center-right Fine Gael party and center-left Labor parties agreed Sunday to form a new coalition government, meeting a weekend deadline, prime minister-designate Enda Kenny said.

"I am happy to tell you that we have concluded an agreement, the finer details of which are being worked out," Kenny told reporters after the talks following a record election defeat of Fianna Fail over its handling of Ireland's economy collapse.

(Reporting by Padraic Halpin, editing by Mark Heinrich)