Tuesday 28 February 2017

Testing the patience of public with long drawn out talks merely adds fuel to fire

Tanaiste Joan Burton and Taoiseach Enda Kenny. Photo: Damien Eagers
Tanaiste Joan Burton and Taoiseach Enda Kenny. Photo: Damien Eagers

LIKE the Labour leadership campaign, the negotiations for a new government programme have gone on too long. Let's remind ourselves of their supposed purpose and their real purpose.

The supposed purpose is to renew the competence and vigour of the Cabinet and junior ranks. Admirable – and necessary. After more than three years of life-or-death struggle, ministers are worn out. The first half of this year was a story of drift and clumsy mistakes.

The real purpose is to put Fine Gael and Labour in a position to win the next general election.

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