Thursday 19 January 2017

Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael will soon learn there is no escape from political evolution

Published 07/04/2016 | 02:30


And so the cycle of futility goes on: Another Dáil sitting; another abortive attempt at government formation; another adjournment - all with no end game in sight.

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Public patience with such puerile politics was exhausted weeks ago. All this achieves is more terminal damage to the already deeply devalued credibility of our own parliament, so sadly devoid of statesmen and women. Common sense alone dictates that party leaders Enda Kenny and Micheál Martin must rapidly begin the real process of constructing a 'Grand Coalition'. All those lectures about 1916-based patriotism sound hollow when petty party games take precedence over the national interest. We need a full-term, stable government with a working Oireachtas majority in both houses.

Those seeking to make comparisons with the mess we are in today with the hat-trick of general elections in the 1981/2 period are wide of the mark.

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