Sunday 26 February 2017

Bertie Ahern: 'Kaleidoscope coalition' on cards as no clear picture likely to emerge

Bertie Ahern

Bertie Ahern

Independent TD Tony Gregory and Fianna Fáil leader Charlie Haughey, who struck a deal to go into government back in 1982
Independent TD Tony Gregory and Fianna Fáil leader Charlie Haughey, who struck a deal to go into government back in 1982

Politics is often about settling for the next best thing; in multi-party coalitions, it can be about settling on anything at all.

Looking over the wreckage on the political battlefield of the last three weeks, now that the smoke has cleared, it ultimately falls to the walking wounded to fall in and put together a force strong enough to form a government. The what-might-have-beens must be set aside; putting together a government is about what has to be.

Micheál Martin took an awful lot of flak in the last few years and has come through it extremely well.

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