Monday 24 April 2017

Fine Gael's pork-barrel deal with the Independents should be published

Government is set to struggle on from crisis to crisis but little effective governance will take place over next two years

Independent Alliance TDs Shane Ross, Kevin Boxer Moran, Finnian McGrath, Sean Canning and John Halligan relax after a conference in the Coosan Cottage Hotel, Athlone. Photo: Tony Gavin
Independent Alliance TDs Shane Ross, Kevin Boxer Moran, Finnian McGrath, Sean Canning and John Halligan relax after a conference in the Coosan Cottage Hotel, Athlone. Photo: Tony Gavin
Jody Corcoran

Jody Corcoran

If anybody doubts the Government is built on a foundation of sand, they should cast their minds back a while to the wheeling and dealing surrounding the formation of this administration and have real cause for concern as to whether effective governing decisions will ever be taken between now and the next election.

Perhaps this headline from the Sunday Independent of April 17 last will serve to remind: "Independents hold nation to €13bn ransom."

That headline led to howls of protest from Independents, and some in Fine Gael, who were appalled at the very suggestion.

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