Saturday 25 February 2017

A political outsider has a better chance of selling reforms - very unpopular ones

Shane Coleman

Shane Coleman

'The great intractable problem of Irish politics over the past 25 years has been the health service. And it’s hard to be confident that anybody in the current Dáil has the answers.' Photo: Getty (stock photo)
'The great intractable problem of Irish politics over the past 25 years has been the health service. And it’s hard to be confident that anybody in the current Dáil has the answers.' Photo: Getty (stock photo)
'We don’t just need a government, we need a good government.'

Today marks the 54th day without a government. A day for every card in a full deck, with the jokers included - the past eight weeks have demonstrated no shortage of jokers.

To be fair, with no party with more than 50 seats and 10 different groupings in the 32nd Dáil, it was never going to be straightforward or quick. But enough is enough.

We need a government and it's time for Fine Gael, Fianna Fáil, Labour, the Greens and, particularly, the Independents - whose indecision appears to be final - to get the finger out.

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