Saturday 21 January 2017

SF and Left hide behind mandate

Published 10/04/2016 | 02:30

Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams Photo: Tom Burke
Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams Photo: Tom Burke

The painstaking negotiations to form a new government were always going to try the patience of an impatient public which, in recent years in particular, has instinctively thought the worst of so-called 'mainstream' politicians without fully attempting to understand the nature of politics itself which, at its essence, is making a common decision for the people.

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The potentially historic nature of the decisions which still await Fine Gael and Fianna Fail, in particular, has tried the patience of a vocal minority which seems to be making little allowance for the impasse at which the country has arrived. "Just get on with it," is the regularly quoted assessment of those who affect a world-weary air of cynicism with the decisions at hand. On balance, it is an unfair assessment.

The many and varied and contradictory motivations of Fine Gael and Fianna Fail in particular, and those admirable Independent TDs who have engaged in the process of forming a government, have been well aired and illuminated, but in the round that does not make wholly less valid the positions these parties and politicians have adopted and on and from which they have become entrenched or have and will have to further move.

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