Sunday 24 September 2017

Politicians must face down narrow interests in favour of saving more lives from drink-driving

Political parties often unite against the scourge of drink-related road deaths
Political parties often unite against the scourge of drink-related road deaths
Liz O'Donnell

Liz O'Donnell

So-called 'new politics' gets bad press. But New Politics can also do great things.

As the anniversary of last year's election came and went, we saw a plethora of articles bemoaning the impact of new politics, minority Government and a deeply fractured Oireachtas. Apparently, the Government has no power, nothing is getting done and the search for consensus is exasperatingly slow.

As a former practitioner, I can confirm that getting consensus in Leinster House on any issue is, and always was, incredibly difficult. Politics is an adversarial profession. It is a battle for hearts, minds and ultimately, votes. If consensus prevails, what differentiates your party from the next?

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