Sunday 22 January 2017

Fionnan Sheahan: Enda Kenny, from a political corpse to a political zombie

Published 12/09/2016 | 02:30

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said he will not lead Fine Gael into another general election. Picture Credit : Frank McGrath
Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said he will not lead Fine Gael into another general election. Picture Credit : Frank McGrath

You've got to hand it to the Independents. In the space of four months, they've arguably done more to heal the lasting rivalries of the Civil War than efforts over the previous 93 years.

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The various tantrums thrown by the ministers in the Independent Alliance have resulted in Fianna Fáil emerging as the responsible element of the complicated Coalition arrangements. The supply and confidence arrangement, where Fianna Fáil stays out of Government but votes to keep it in office, is working as smoothly as anyone could expect. It's even prompting some ministers in Fine Gael to think of the unthinkable: coalition with Fianna Fáil.

Assuming there is no enormous shift towards one or the other party, which can't be ruled out given the volatility of the electorate, the alternative after the next general election is either Fine Gael or Fianna Fáil being propped up by Independents.

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