Battered party has no choice but to soldier on
CHARLES J Haughey once said that the minor party in a coalition should be permitted to wield an influence disproportionate to its numbers.
In an earlier age – the age of multi-party governments and unstable Fine Gael-Labour coalitions – James Dillon took a different view. He said, with obvious pleasure, that Labour ministers when in office were "as quiet as mice".
No question which line Fine Gael adopted in the negotiations with Labour on the shape of the Budget for next year.