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Stability depends on FG's choice

Enda Kenny will get his pick of suitors but some may be a lot more compatible than others, says Marc Coleman

Published 20/02/2011 | 05:00

'To a rational person, tackling our crisis is obvious. . . However, politicians are not just irrational but often stupid'"If you can meet with triumph and disaster and treat those two impostors just the same...."

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WITH Kipling's If in mind, Enda should avoid triumphalism next Sunday. One in three young people are out of work. And election results are not a call to celebration, but action.

Starting with a referendum on the bank bailout and a tearing up of the Croke Park deal, Fine Gael must announce on Monday week that our young will not be sacrificed, either on the altar of the banks or exorbitant state salaries. Had it done so during this campaign, it would be sure of a majority. Still it has -- as I've predicted for 25 years -- finally been rewarded for showing confidence in itself and throwing away the crutch of its coalition mentality. For several reasons, though (faint-heartedness on Croke Park, oddball policies on the Irish language), it may fall short of a majority. If so, then with whom should it govern?

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