Winners and losers alike are served up the same reheated mistakes of the past
Published 07/05/2016 | 02:30
The more things change, the more they stay the same, someone once wisely said. The agreement to support - up to a point - a minority government led by Fine Gael is indeed a historic change. The contents of what it intends to do look wearily familiar.
Michael Healy-Rae hit the nail when he commented: "What took them so long?" The answer is probably water, but not much more need be said about that. The two major parties have capitulated completely to a minority campaign and the grandchildren that minority used to fuss over will suffer the consequences.
When it comes to economic and financial policies, the agreements seem little more than warmed-up, shortened versions of the election manifestos - and they were pretty stale confections to begin with.