Tuesday 17 October 2017

Let's end this nonsense of FF/SF coalition

Fianna Fail will not enter into a post-election coalition with Sinn Fein, no matter how often commentators predict it, writes Micheal Martin

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin. Picture: Arthur Carron
Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin. Picture: Arthur Carron

Micheal Martin

When historians come to look back on the coverage of Irish politics in these times, they will be struck by how much space was given to the process of politics rather than focusing on the substance of the real issues facing people on a daily basis.

A dramatic example of this was seen in the months leading up to the General Election in 2016. The dominant topic was speculation about who would be in government. That's why there was such a gap between commentators' predictions and the actual result.

I said at the time that the debate on various scenarios was futile and more debate should be on what type of Ireland people wanted, and to vote for the party that they believed were in the best position to deliver change.

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