Ireland's Fianna Fail, Fine Gael and Green parties are on the cusp of forming a new coalition government after more than four months of deadlock, a member of one of the negotiating teams said on Sunday.

"The three negotiating teams agreed most of a programme for government this morning. A small number of issues have been left to the party leaders to decide later today. A lot of good stuff in there," Green Party lawmaker Ossian Smyth said on Twitter at 0334 GMT following 19 hours of talks.

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Ireland has been in political deadlock since an inconclusive Feb. 8 election pushed center-right Fine Gael and Fianna Fail together for the first time. The once-dominant parties have swapped power throughout the nation's history since emerging from opposing sides of Ireland's 1920s civil war.

They need the Greens to command a majority in the fractured parliament that cannot pass any new laws, including those needed to uphold a 6.5 billion euro package of support measures for coronavirus-hit businesses, until a new administration if formed.

Any agreement would have to be ratified by grassroots members from each party, with the smaller Greens requiring two-thirds support, a higher bar than the larger parties and which could yet scupper the deal.