Tuesday 6 December 2016

With Kenny failing to keep his promises, it's the boys' club in charge again

Niamh Gallagher

Published 10/05/2016 | 02:30

Taoiseach Enda Kenny with, right to left, Frances Fitzgerald, Heather Humphreys, Katherine Zappone and Mary Mitchell O’Connor. Fitzgerald was the only woman visible during government formation talks. Photo: @merrionstreet
Taoiseach Enda Kenny with, right to left, Frances Fitzgerald, Heather Humphreys, Katherine Zappone and Mary Mitchell O’Connor. Fitzgerald was the only woman visible during government formation talks. Photo: @merrionstreet

So, we have a Government. It took just over two months to arrange ourselves and get used to this new way of doing things: old rivals coming together, political consensus as the holy grail and Independents ruling the roost.

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 If that is the price of stability we'll take it - or the politicians will, rather that than go back to the polls. Now we can actually concentrate on what is going to happen: what will the new Programme for Government deliver? How will the Dáil and committees contribute in this new environment? What can we expect from the politicians we elected back in February? 

And what did this election throw up that others have not? The number of Independents is one thing we've been talking about from the outset - their power has become clear in recent weeks and seen them emerge as king-makers.

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