Sunday 4 December 2016

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

Published 07/04/2016 | 02:30

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

'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.

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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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