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Sam Smyth: Civil War rivalry could end in civil partnership

Sam Smyth

Published 31/01/2011 | 05:00

Fine Gael's Enda Kenny was surrounded yesterday by some of the 102 candidates his party is running in the general election next month
Fine Gael's Enda Kenny was surrounded yesterday by some of the 102 candidates his party is running in the general election next month

WHEN Fianna Fail slumped close to single digits in the opinion polls recently, the chattering classes raised that hairy old chestnut: why don't they merge with Fine Gael?

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The problem for Micheal Martin making a deal when his party has crashed is that 'merger' is really just a polite euphemism for 'takeover'.

Yet there are logical arguments for the parties uniting and the most obvious is that they are ideological soulmates who share a preference for free enterprise and a suspicion of socialism.

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