Sunday 25 June 2017

Yes, it'd be great if we didn't need any politicians but - unfortunately - we do

'We need, more than ever, senior deal-makers to behave in the best interests of the State rather than the vested, parochial interests of their respective parties.' Photo: Tony Maxwell/PA Wire
'We need, more than ever, senior deal-makers to behave in the best interests of the State rather than the vested, parochial interests of their respective parties.' Photo: Tony Maxwell/PA Wire
Ian O'Doherty

Ian O'Doherty

In the Dublin of 1916, the air was filled with the whiff of cordite and the smell of smouldering rubble. In the Dublin of 2016, the air is rank with the fetid stench of political atrophy.

If the commemorations of the last few days were hailed for ushering in a genuine hope for a new Ireland, that memo has yet to reach our politicians who continue to dither and bicker over forming a government.

It's glib but accurate to point out that Belgium recently went nearly 16 months without a government. As the 'Washington Post' noted: "The world record for a democracy going without an elected government is held by Belgium, which went 589 days in 2010-11 because the opposing Flemish and Walloons were unable to agree on policy issues and form a governing coalition following national elections."

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