Monday 23 January 2017

Hung Dail means status quo can be challenged

The lack of a clear FF or FG-led government could mean new thinking on the important issues

Stephen Donnelly

Published 27/03/2016 | 02:30

Reluctant bedfellows: Micheal Martin and Enda Kenny lead parties that are culturally quite different Photo: Maxpix
Reluctant bedfellows: Micheal Martin and Enda Kenny lead parties that are culturally quite different Photo: Maxpix

On the matter of government formation, there are two relevant issues: first, the question of what is in the best interests of the country, and, second, the question of what is most likely to happen.

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Let's start with the country. Today we commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising - a suitable day to take stock of where we are, and where we want to go as a nation.

There are many things we should be immensely proud of in Ireland. The United Nations has something called the Human Development Index - it's their attempt to track how well societies around the world are doing relative to each other. They give every country a score based on measurements of economic output, life expectancy and education. Of the 188 countries in the index, Ireland ranks sixth.

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