Wednesday 18 October 2017

Analysis: When push came to shove, talk of an election was clearly not serious

Fianna Fáil leader Micheal Martin. Photo: Collins
Fianna Fáil leader Micheal Martin. Photo: Collins
John Downing

John Downing

We interrupt normal service for a news flash: "A shock result has emerged at the count centre for Gortahooley North where Mickey Houlihan of the 'Other Crowd' has lost his Dáil seat to Michael J Houlihan from the 'More of the Same Party'.

"But more generally, in early trends across the country, odds are we will have another 'hung Dáil' by close of counting in all constituencies next Tuesday fortnight."

That is a grim-but-true prediction on the outcome of a general election which might be held any time soon. For the last few days the "e-word" was used openly at Leinster House, as Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil declared war over future water funding. But when push came to shove this was clearly not serious talk.

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