Brazen FF, craven FG and Independent hubris - no wonder I'm shouting at the TV
Published 22/04/2016 | 02:30
Another week of stalemate, with little progress made in the talks to form a sustainable government. The change of venue from Leinster House to the scholarly surroundings of Trinity College down the road just adds to the absurdity of it all.
I find myself shouting at the TV as political correspondents strive to maximise trivial developments, and are often reduced to describing the "mood music".
So where are we now? This week has seen discussions finally start between Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael on the terms and procedures involved in Fianna Fáil supporting a minority Fine Gael government, should that party manage to win over the support of sufficient Independents to reach the magic number of 58. But Fianna Fáil is over-reaching in that regard and is being allowed to do so. Bizarrely, in my view, Fianna Fáil is trying to call the shots on a range of policy issues, as if it was negotiating a programme for a coalition government. Fine Gael is in submission mode, hopelessly compromised. It's not looking good.