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Saturday 21 January 2017

If there is to be a grand coalition it can only happen with Fianna Fáil as top dogs

Published 03/03/2016 | 02:30

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As with earthquakes registering 10 on the Richter scale, it takes days to search through rubble to find remaining survivors. For Labour and Fine Gael, the political body count amounts to an epic disaster, ending the careers of household names like James Reilly, Jimmy Deenihan, Alan Shatter, Alex White and Emmet Stagg.

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Fine Gael is reduced to 2007 levels; Labour has no modern precedent for a wipe-out. Who'll take responsibility for such a crisis of casualties? Neither leader has chosen to yet consider their positions. It won't be long before colleagues make those decisions.

Political leadership survives on results. Enda Kenny and Joan Burton still hold high office, but they're politically dead people walking. No circumstances exist where either leader will remain for the next election. Pundits pointing to their inevitable demise since the local elections were dismissed as partisan naysayers. If anger is not a policy, denial isn't much better.

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