Wednesday 20 September 2017

If FF and FG marry in haste, the rest of us will be the ones repenting at leisure

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin needs to show leadership. Photo: Gerry Mooney
Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin needs to show leadership. Photo: Gerry Mooney
Shane Coleman

Shane Coleman

Micheál Martin should tell Alan Kelly, Sinn Féin, the AAA-PBP, political commentators - and anybody else trumpeting the new orthodoxy that a Fine Gael-Fianna Fáil coalition is inevitable, logical and desirable - to get stuffed.

A grand coalition of the two old Civil War enemies would not just be disastrous for Fianna Fáil (and Fine Gael), it would be bad for the country in the long term.

Many of those now leading the charge for such a coalition were those who in recent months ridiculed Martin's ruling out of coalition with Fine Gael and Sinn Féin. They argued he had rendered his party irrelevant in the upcoming election.

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