Friday 24 February 2017

Keeping the strands from fraying will be a tough task in Government tug of war

Bertie Ahern

Bertie Ahern

Micheál Martin (right) and Fianna Fáil deserve credit for playing a significant role in finding a solution to the impasse, leaving Enda Kenny (left) to get on with the job of respecting the voice of the voter. Photo credit: Barbara Lindberg.
Micheál Martin (right) and Fianna Fáil deserve credit for playing a significant role in finding a solution to the impasse, leaving Enda Kenny (left) to get on with the job of respecting the voice of the voter. Photo credit: Barbara Lindberg.

Well, we were expecting all sorts in the 32nd Dáil, but this confection is even more of a mixed bag than anticipated, giving us plenty to chew on.

People were getting hot under the collar that it took almost a quarter of a year to put it together. But politics is not a lucky dip, it's about weighing up options. Think of the child in the sweet shop with one euro in their pocket: there's a bewildering assortment to choose from - the trick is to get as many as you can of the ones that will last the longest.

Throw in a few toffees and a gob-stopper or two, and then there are the ones that dissolve almost immediately...

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