Wednesday 7 December 2016

Mr Martin may yet regret his decision to spurn road not taken

Published 08/04/2016 | 02:30

Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin. Photo: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos
Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin. Photo: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

In politics significant change often comes only after a journey to the other side of fear. One thinks of Unionists and Nationalists sharing power in the North. Yesterday Micheál Martin had an opportunity to take a historic step and form a government with his party's old foes. He opted instead for what is regarded as the timeworn path of Civil War tribal politics. As a result, after 41 days we are still no closer to forming a government.

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Although many people in the country see little between Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil - with the shadows of the Big Fellow and the Long Fellow no longer blocking the light - and even though many more couldn't care less, once a stable Government is put in place; none of this appears to matter.

Parish pump parochialism again takes precedence.

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