Friday 24 February 2017

Fianna Fáil’s willingness to at least ‘facilitate’

All Fine Gael needs then is six Independents for a result

John Downing

John Downing

Micheál Martin. Photo: Mark Condren
Micheál Martin. Photo: Mark Condren

We have today surpassed the previous all-time record of 48 days after an election without government - but it seems like government-making is really only now beginning.

There are big bugbears remaining in the way of a Fine Gael-led, but Fianna Fáil "facilitated" minority government. Chief of these is a written set of operating ground rules for that minority government and a workable compromise on the future of Irish Water.

If the big party negotiators can get through that one, all Fine Gael then has to do is win the support of at least six of the group of Independent TDs. And could we have all of that by Wednesday next, please?

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