Sunday 4 December 2016

It might finally be time to lay ghosts of the Civil War to rest

Gerard O'Regan

Published 13/02/2016 | 02:30

'The unwitting kingmaker in this election will be Joan Burton, as reflected in the fortunes of her Labour Party' Photo: Reuters
'The unwitting kingmaker in this election will be Joan Burton, as reflected in the fortunes of her Labour Party' Photo: Reuters

Well, we finally might have had our 'Aha' moment in an election campaign which has so far been more dour and dogged rather than purposeful and passionate. The interchange between the four main party leaders, in their first major television debate, reflected what has been a certain grimness in the hustings so far.

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But it had its moments. Most importantly, it provided clarity - the unwitting kingmaker in this election will be Joan Burton, as reflected in the fortunes of her Labour Party.

Barring some extraordinary and unforeseen events, the die is now cast. The number of Dáil seats which can be achieved by the minor coalition partner will determine if Enda Kenny can return as Taoiseach. The only other options are another election, or the unthinkable - some form of link-up between Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil.

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