Thursday 19 January 2017

Calamitous coalition has six weeks to save itself if it wants a second term

Published 30/08/2014 | 02:30

Taoiseach Enda Kenny pictured with Tanaiste and Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton
Taoiseach Enda Kenny pictured with Tanaiste and Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton

BEWARE the ides of October. The 15th of that month is Budget day and the six-week period between now and then is arguably the most important the Coalition will face.

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Put bluntly, the government has until then to get its act together. After that it may be too late.

The last eight months has been nothing short of shambolic. After a solid, if unspectacular, first couple of years in office, the departure of the Troika was treated by the Coalition as the political equivalent of a classroom being left unattended by its teacher. Freed of the discipline of the EU and IMF, Fine Gael and Labour switched off and put the feet up. Job done. Mission accomplished.

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