Taxing problem of how to keep coalition parties working in unison
What started the week as a potentially large hurdle could benefit the Government as a whole, but there may yet be a cost
Published 04/09/2016 | 02:30
The former Taoiseach Albert Reynolds observed on keeping governments going: "You cross the big hurdles, and when you get to the small ones, you get tripped up".
He discovered that any protruding root on the path has the capacity to bring even a strong government with a large majority - as his had - crashing down. He didn't understand that trust was a big issue for holding government together, and trust can be lost on even the smallest of issues.
The Fine Gael-led minority coalition is a much less steady beast. And trust appears to be low. Faced last week with a €13bn decision, immediately two questions came to mind. How would Fianna Fail react, and what would the Independent Alliance do?