Tuesday 17 October 2017

Power-talks have begun, but can Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil share power?

Mick Wallace is one of the group of Independents who is expected to oppose whatever
government might emerge Photo: Tom Burke
Mick Wallace is one of the group of Independents who is expected to oppose whatever government might emerge Photo: Tom Burke
John Downing

John Downing

'Nothing added except time," the advertisement for a popular beverage tells us. With apologies to the temperance brigade, we find it apposite as Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil finally start to openly talk about sharing power.

We knew it would have to come to this. But the principals in both parties were happy to let time do its work on their followers' visceral emotions.

The idea of a "Rotating Taoiseach" - first mooted in 1992 by a victorious Labour leader Dick Spring - is back on the agenda. Maybe its time has come and Enda Kenny and Micheál Martin can take turns at driving the bus of state? Only time will tell.

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