Monday 27 March 2017

FG can govern without Labour -- if it wants to

Enda Kenny still has the option of leading Fine Gael in a minority government. Photo: Collins
Enda Kenny still has the option of leading Fine Gael in a minority government. Photo: Collins

Bruce Arnold

Enda Kenny went out to achieve a mandate, to put a programme to the people of Ireland and get their approval. It was a cleverly worded document, incomplete in some important areas like the bailout, which was treated cautiously by the main parties and on which further structural work is still required.

But he proposed enough in his programme to win what Fine Gael has never won before, the support of a sufficient number of voters to give us a stable single-party government.

He did this under constant niggling attack from a defeated and humiliated Fianna Fail whose future survival as a major party or a political movement must now be seriously in doubt. He also did it, we should remember, under constant attack by the Labour Party despite their potential to be in partnership with Fine Gael.

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